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Wednesday, May 23, 2001

"Civil Rights Activist Lecture September 21"  

SALISBURY, MD---Singer, songwriter and civil rights activist Holly Near will be artist-in-residence at Salisbury State University, Wednesday-Friday, September 19-21, to work with students and perform in a concert. The performance, free and open to the public, is in Holloway Hall Auditorium, Friday, September 21, at 8 p.m. 

Since the late 1960s, Near’s activism has led to creative collaborations with such artist’s as Ronnie Gilbert, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Mercedes Sosa, Bonnie Raitt, Cris Williamson and Jill Eikenberry.

In 1972, Near founded Redwood Records, which was a major force in alternative music for nearly 20 years. Redwood Records was dedicated to recording and promoting music by politically conscious from around the world.  

Near has supported the work of artists throughout the world including Nicaragua, Chile, Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Numerous civil rights organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Lawyers Guild, the National Organization for Women and Ms. Magazine. Last year, Near received the Legends of Women’s Music Award for her work in lesbian and feminist music.

Near has released 20 recording. She sings a duet with Mary Travers on Peter, Paul and Mary’s Lifelines and does a rendition of “Quiet Early Morning” for Where Have all the Flowers Gone, a retrospective of the music of Pete Seeger.

For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the University’s Web site at

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