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   from the issue of March 29, 2007

J Days 'Freedom Sings' is April 12

"Freedom Sings," a live multimedia performance celebrating freedom of expression in America, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. April 12, at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

The performance, which is free and open to the public, is part of J Days, a week-long celebration organized by the College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Using musical performance, film, photographs and narration, the 90-minute program tells the story of three centuries of banned or censored music in the United States, and invites the audience to take a fresh look at the First Amendment and the impact of freedom of speech.

"Freedom Sings" features an all-star cast of musicians including Grammy award winners Don Henry and Craig Krampf, along with Bill Lloyd and singer Jonell Mosser. Scheduled to complete the band are guitarist Dave Coleman and keyboardist Joseph Wooten.

Gene Policinski, vice president and executive director of the First Amendment Center, narrates "Freedom Sings." During UNL performance, Policinski will be joined by Ken Paulson, co-narrator and author of the program. Paulson is editor of USAToday.

In its sixth year, "Freedom Sings" is a national program of the Freedom Forum's First Amendment Center in Nashville, Tenn.

The First Amendment Center works to preserve and protect First Amendment freedoms through information and education. The center serves as a forum for the study and exploration of free-expression issues, including freedom of speech, of the press and of religion, and the rights to assemble and to petition the government.

The First Amendment Center is an operating program of the Freedom Forum and is associated with the Newseum.

The concert is co-sponsored by Journalism and Mass Communications, College of Fine and Performing Arts and ASUN. For more information, go online to or call 472-3041.



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