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    • Odetta - NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 24:  The memorial celebration for Odetta at Riverside Church on February 24, 2009 in New York City.
    • Odetta - NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 24:  Actor Harry Belafonte attends the memorial celebration for Odetta at Riverside Church on February 24, 2009 in New York City.
    • Odetta - NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 24:  Writer Maya Angelou attends the memorial celebration for Odetta at Riverside Church on February 24, 2009 in New York City.
    • Odetta - NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 24:  Choreographer Geoffrey Holden attends the memorial celebration for Odetta at Riverside Church on February 24, 2009 in New York City.
    • Odetta - NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 24:  Choreographer Geoffrey Holden attends the memorial celebration for Odetta at Riverside Church on February 24, 2009 in New York City.
    • Odetta - NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 24:  (L-R) Choreographer Geoffrey Holden and Sonia Sanchez attends the memorial celebration for Odetta at Riverside Church on February 24, 2009 in New York City.
    • Odetta - NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 24:  Writer Maya Angelou attends the memorial celebration for Odetta at Riverside Church on February 24, 2009 in New York City.
    • Odetta - NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 24:  Actor Harry Belafonte attends the memorial celebration for Odetta at Riverside Church on February 24, 2009 in New York City.
    • Odetta - NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 24:  Actor Harry Belafonte attends the memorial celebration for Odetta at Riverside Church on February 24, 2009 in New York City.
    • Odetta - NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 24:  (L-R) Actor Harry Belafonte and choreographer Geoffrey Holden attends the memorial celebration for Odetta at Riverside Church on February 24, 2009 in New York City.
    • Odetta - NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 24:  (L-R) Actor Harry Belafonte and choreographer Geoffrey Holden attends the memorial celebration for Odetta at Riverside Church on February 24, 2009 in New York City.
    • Odetta - NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 24:  (L-R) Choreographer Geoffrey Holden and Sonia Sanchez attends the memorial celebration for Odetta at Riverside Church on February 24, 2009 in New York City.
    • Odetta - NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 24:  Writer Maya Angelou attends the memorial celebration for Odetta at Riverside Church on February 24, 2009 in New York City.
    • Odetta - NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 24:  Choreographer Geoffrey Holden attends the memorial celebration for Odetta at Riverside Church on February 24, 2009 in New York City.
    • Odetta - NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 24:  Choreographer Geoffrey Holden attends the memorial celebration for Odetta at Riverside Church on February 24, 2009 in New York City.
    • Odetta - NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 29:  (FILE PHOTO) Singer Odetta attends the "Campaign for The Ossie Davis Endowment" at the Martin Luther King Labor Center February 29, 2008 in New York City. It was reported that Odetta, a influential folk singer during the civil rights movement died at the age of 77 after being hospitalized for kidney failure December 3, 2008.
    • Odetta - NEW YORK - MAY 11: (FILE PHOTO) Odetta performs during a fundraiser to increase minority voter registration and voter mobilization hosted by Voices for Working Families and the MoveOn. org Voter Fund at the Apollo Theater May 11, 2004 in New York City. It was reported that Odetta, a influential folk singer during the civil rights movement died at the age of 77 after being hospitalized for kidney failure December 3, 2008.
    One of the strongest voices in the folk revival and the civil rights movement, Odetta was born on New Year's Eve 1930 in Birmingham, AL. By the time she was six years old, she had moved with her younger sister and mother to Los Angeles. She showed a keen interest in music from the time she was a child, and when she was about ten years old, somewhere between church and school, her singing voice was ...more


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