Friday, December 5, 2008

Rest In Peace - Odetta Holmes, simply known as "Odetta"

Odetta Holmes

Sunrise: December 31, 1930
Sunset: December 2, 2008

Odetta, was an African-American singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter, and a human rights activist. Called by man "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement." Ms. Holmes, 77, died in New York City this week from heart failure.

Many thanks to Barbara Rodgers for sharing this photo. The picture was taken backstage at the Alice Arts Theater in Oakland in 1999. Barbara said that even though Odetta was nearly 70 years old at the time she put on an energetic performance and was very gracious upon their meeting.

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