Music of the Movement

A musical presentation inspired by the music of the civil rights movement

Thursday, January 24, 5:30–7:00 p.m.


Music of the Movement will be led by Victoria Christgau, founder of the CT Center for Nonviolence, and Ronald A. Crutcher, accomplished musician and president of the University of Richmond.

Joining them, will be a special appearance by civil rights leader, Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr., Visiting Professor, Auburn University and Chair, Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

The trio will swap songs and stories while they speak about the historical and cultural origins of the music. Audience participation will be encouraged throughout the performance.


Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr.Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr., a longtime civil rights leader, was a Freedom Rider and an associate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  He was cofounder and leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and was appointed by Dr. King as national coordinator of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign.

Victoria ChristgauVictoria Christgau, Founder and Executive Director of the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence (CTCN), is a lifelong peace and nonviolence educator. CTCN has worked with hundreds of people to train and implement the philosophy and strategies of Kingian Nonviolence across racial, social, economic and generational divides.

Ronald A. CrutcherRonald A. Crutcher, President of the University of Richmond and Professor of Music, has actively promoted access, affordability, diversity, and inclusivity throughout his career.  He is founding co-chair of AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative and writes and speaks widely on the value of liberal education and the democratic purposes and civic mission of higher education.