White House Celebrates the Music of the Movement

From Morgan Freeman to Queen Latifah and Yolanda Adams, Tuesday night's concert at the White House was a celebration of more than just music.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at 'In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement' in the East Room on February 9, 2010 in Washington, DC.
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Grammy winner and gospel music singer Yolande Adams was one of many stars that performed at the White House's special concert. Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez were also among those at the event.
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Bob Dylan was one of the headliners at the White House event.
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Actor Morgan Freeman (L), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) (C) and his wife Marcelle Pomerleau arrive at the White House's special concert honoring the civil rights movement.
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Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden arrive at the concert.
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White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (L) and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner also came to the special event.
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"The civil rights movement was a movement sustained by music," U.S. President Barack Obama said as he welcomed the audience. "Tonight, we celebrate the music of the movement."
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"It's hard to sing when times are rough," Obama said. "The hymns helped ... advance the cause of the nation."
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Grammy winner and gospel music singer Yolande Adams performed at the White House event, which was moved ahead by a day to beat what could be a second crippling snowfall for the region in a week.
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Adams performed a spirited rendition of Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come."
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Morgan Freeman read excerpts from historical works throughout the night and, after hearing everyone sing, deadpanned: : "I wish I could sing."
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