National Center Celebrates Nat King Cole's 100th Birthday
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The program will include scholars and music practitioners who will assess Cole’s personal life and career in the fields of instrumental and vocal music, as well as in the areas of television and film. The program also will examine Cole’s behind-the-scenes support of the civil rights movement.
Cole was born Nathaniel Adams Coles in Montgomery, Alabama on March 17, 1919 to Edward James Coles, Sr., a minister, and Perlina Adams Coles. The family left Montgomery for Chicago when Nat was approximately five years old. Cole would later drop the “s” from his last name, following the lead of an older brother.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Destiny Williams at The National Center at 334-229-6888.