Greenwood, Mississippi (JFK+50) On July 6, 1963, folk music artists Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger performed at a folk music festival held in a cotton field owned by Silas Magee just south of Greenwood. They were joined by Theodore Bikel* and the Freedom Singers.
The festival-rally was sponsored by the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) which was dedicated to registering African Americans to vote.
Mr. Dylan sang "Only a Pawn in Their Game" which he had written shortly after the death of Medgar Evers.
*Theodore Meir Bikel (1924-2015) was born in Vienna, Austria & became an actor, folk singer, composer & political activist. TMB was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in "The Defiant Ones" (1958) & was co-founder of the Newport Folk Festival. In 1962, he became only the second performer (1st was Bob Dylan) to perform "Blowin' in the Wind" in public.
"July 6, 1963-Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger (Silas Mager's Farm)", July 5, 2016, NSF Music Station, www.needsomefun.net/
"Saturday, July 6, 1963: Greenwood, Mississippi", The '60s at 50, July 6, 2013, www.the60sat50.blogspot.com/