FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Contact: Kevin Flannery, (573) 526-0949
Kander Announces Program on John William "Blind" Boone
Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced a program highlighting the life of famous Missouri musician John William "Blind" Boone in recognition of Black History Month. The public is invited to attend the program, which will be held at the Missouri State Archives, a division of Kander’s office, on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at 7 p.m. Editors Mary Barile and Christine Montgomery will speak about their new book, Merit, Not Sympathy, Wins: The Life and Times of Blind Boone.
In post-Reconstruction America, Boone, an illiterate musician, overcame obstacles created by disability, exploitative managers and racial prejudice to become one of the country's most beloved concert performers. The story of Blind Boone is revitalized in Barile and Montgomery’s annotated edition of Melissa Fuell-Cuther's original, out-of-print 1915 biography, Blind Boone: His Life and Achievements. Accompanied by essays describing Boone’s environment and achievements as well as his present-day place in American music, the work recounts Boone’ s harrowing journey and testifies to the struggles of African-Americans during the Jim Crow era.
The Missouri State Archives is the official repository for state documents of permanent historic value, and is located at 600 West Main Street in Jefferson City. All programs at the Archives are free of charge and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information on this and other programming at the Archives, contact Emily Luker, (573) 526-5296 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit www.sos.mo.gov to learn more about the Office of the Missouri Secretary of State.
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