LA EVENTS: Women, Protest and Song

Saturday, March 24th at CAAM

Art & Music, Featured, In & Around LA

Celebrating Women’s History Month, Dawn Norfleet will present musical interpretations of songs of protest and freedom made famous by Nina Simone, Tracy Chapman, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin and others. This event is free and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Details are as follows:

Women, Protest and Song – A Performance by Dawn Norfleet

Saturday, March 24th at 2pm

California Afro-American Museum

600 State Drive, Exposition Park

Los Angeles, CA 90037

One Comment on "LA EVENTS: Women, Protest and Song"

  1. Melissa Apr 18, 2012 · 7:29 pm

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