Singer-activist Jimmy Collier to perform at Fresno State

The Fresno BeeMay 10, 2014 

Folk-rock singer Jimmy Collier, who performed freedom and gospel songs during the Civil Rights movement with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, will perform at 6 p.m. Monday at Fresno State's Conley Art 101. The program is being hosted by the College of Arts and Humanities Honors program.

Collier opened for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on many occasions and performed throughout the South. During the End the Slums campaign in Chicago 1966, Collier wrote protest songs that included "Burn Baby, Burn," which are housed in the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian. Collier, who was born in Fort Smith, Ark., now lives in Oakhurst.

At Fresno State he will perform his own songs and also some cowboy songs from his younger days, and will be joined by Tim Johnson of the Sierra Riders.

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