Sunday, February 4, 2001

Through Spokane's eyes

'A very big moment'

By Tom Sowa
Staff writer

Liz Kishimoto - The Spokesman-Review
Chad Mitchell, left and Mike Kobluk of the Chad Mitchell trio.

  • Participating in the march (Mitchell)
  • The importance of the march (Mitchell, Kobluk)
  • Feeling like outsiders(Kobluk, Mitchell)
  • Meeting King (Mitchell)
  • Role of folk music in social causes (Mitchell)

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    Photo courtesy Mike Kobluk
    The Chad Mitchell Trio, (left to right) Mike Kobluk, Chad Mitchell and Joe Frazier, sing in a 1965 performance in Chicago.

    Spokane's Mike Kobluk and Chad Mitchell, both 29 years old in March 1965, were members of the Chad Mitchell Trio. Like other folk music performers, they were active in social causes and the civil rights movement. They were invited to appear at a celebration concert the evening Martin Luther King's Selma to Montgomery March reached the state capital.

    They came to Montgomery at the invitation of Harry Belafonte, with whom they had worked and recorded dating back to 1959. The Montgomery concert featured dozens of entertainers, actors and celebrities, including conductor Leonard Bernstein.

    Mitchell and Kobluk recently described what the concert and the experience meant to them.

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