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Odetta Gordon

Odetta Gordon was an influential American singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter, and human rights activist. Born on December 31, 1930, in Birmingham, Alabama, she became known for her deep, powerful voice and her ability to blend folk, blues, and gospel music. Gordon’s impact on the civil rights movement was significant, as she used her music to advocate for racial equality and social justice. Her performances often addressed the struggles of African Americans and she became known as the “Voice of the Civil Rights Movement.”

Musician Odetta Holmes plays a song during the march on Washington in 1963.

Throughout her career, Gordon released numerous albums and performed at various venues, using her platform to raise awareness about important social issues. Her rendition of “O Freedom” became an anthem for the civil rights movement and inspired many activists. In addition to her musical contributions, Gordon was also involved in acting and appeared in several films and television shows. She continued to be a prominent figure in the music industry and the fight for equality until her passing on December 2, 2008.

Odetta Gordon’s legacy continues to inspire and resonate with audiences around the world. Her dedication to using her art as a tool for change has left an indelible mark on the music industry and the ongoing pursuit of social justice.

Odetta passed away on December 2, 2008, at the age of 77.

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