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1965 – The Beginning

The 1960s were a tumultuous time, dominated by division over issues such as the war in Vietnam and the fight for civil rights. Up with People founder J. Blanton Belk saw “the ability of young people to do what governments had failed to do: to walk across borders, see beyond race, and build bridges of understanding between people.” He wanted to harness the energy of the youth movement and amplify the voices of young people to create positive change.

Sing Out ‘65 performs the first public shows on August 7th and 8th before 2800 people at the Ezio Pinza Outdoor Theater in North Stamford, CT.

Read the Program From 1965