Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Natalie Cole and More to Perform at White House Civil Rights Concert

January 27, 2010  |  1:30pm

This year, to celebrate February as Black History Month, the Obamas have planned something special—and we’re all invited. On Feb. 10, Barack and Michelle will host In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement, including performances by Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Natalie Cole and John Legend. Morgan Freeman and Queen Latifah have been tapped to emcee the event, which will be broadcast on PBS at 8 p.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 11 (the night after the actual concert).

The concert—which will celebrate music of the civil-rights movement—is a part of the White House Music Series, an ongoing event Michelle Obama established last year. In addition to music, the evening will include readings from civil-rights speeches and, prior to the event, a group of 120 high schoolers plan to visit the White House to meet with performers and discuss the impact of music on the civil rights movement.

Other confirmed performers include: Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson, Seal and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

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