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Standing Room Only: Songs of John Handcox, African American Composer and Labor Organizer

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On November 11, 2015, Professor Michael Honey of the University of Washington-Tacoma shared stories and music from the life of John Handcox, a 20th Century African American composer, poet, and labor organizer for the Southern Tenant Farmers Union. Professor Honey’s most recent book “Sharecropper’s Troubadour” is an oral history of Handcox. In this segment of Standing Room Only, we’ll hear Professor Honey in an excerpt of his lecture-performance, singing and discussing songs from the pre-World War II labor movement that were composed by Handcox. The lecture and performance was part of Indiana University’s College of Arts and Sciences Fall 2015 Themester programming.

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