"We call the program 'You Got to Move' because a lot of the blues were written during some hard traveling times. These people were being uprooted, but they were singing about it," says Bernice Johnson Reagon, director of the American History Museum's program on black American culture.
The museum's exhibit "From Field to Factory" traces the development of black culture as people went from a rural to an urban setting in search of work. "The blues music composed between 1914 and 1940 reflects the changing life style that many blacks were experiencing," says Reagon.
On Saturday at 1 p.m., Reagon will give a presentation on early 20th-century gospel and blues songs. Then at 3 p.m. blues artists John Cephas (vocalist and finger-picking guitarist) and Phil Wiggins (harmonica player) will perform. The duo has been touring together in the United States, Europe and Africa since 1977. They were chosen to be a part of this program because of their broad repertoire.
"They play both a rural and urban style of blues," says Reagon. "It should be a good way of bringing the period to life."
The event is free to the public. For information call 357-2700.