“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)


Dec. 31, 1930 - Dec. 2, 2008


— 1270 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan —

Odetta Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 30, 2017
1. Odetta Marker
Inscription.  Odetta, born Odetta Holmes, was an influential artist/activist of the civil rights generation. During her 60-year career, she influenced numerous performers, including Harry Belafonte, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Janis Joplin. Her signature song was "This Little Light of Mine." Odetta took part in the historic freedom marches of the 1960s in Selma, Alabama, and in Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. named her "Queen of American Folk Music." President W. J. Clinton honored her with the National Medal of Arts, saying, "Odetta reminds us all that songs have the power to change the heart and change the world."
Erected by Historic Landmarks Preservation Center.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicCivil RightsWomen. In addition, it is included in the New York, New York City Historic Landmarks Preservation Center Cultural Medallions series list. A significant historical date for this entry is December 31, 1930.
Location. 40° 47.74′ N, 73° 56.998′ W. Marker is in New
Odetta Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 30, 2017
2. Odetta Marker - Wide View
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York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and East 108th Street, on the left when traveling south on Fifth Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1270 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10029, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Clinton: On Top of Manhattan (about 600 feet away); A View From the Road (about 600 feet away); Before There Was a Park (about 700 feet away); Mount Saint Vincent (about 800 feet away); The Vanderbilt Gate (approx. 0.2 miles away); Andrew Haswell Green Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); The New York Academy of Medicine (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Also see . . .
1. Odetta, Voice of Civil Rights Movement, Dies at 77 (NYT, Dec. 3, 2008). Odetta, the singer whose resonant voice wove together the strongest songs of American folk music and the civil rights movement, died on Tuesday in Manhattan. She was 77.... (Submitted on July 6, 2017.) 

2. HLPC, Cultural Medallion, Odetta, 2012 - (YouTube, 55 min.). Video of the marker dedication. (Submitted on July 6, 2017.) 

3. The Last Word: Odetta (YouTube, NYT, 7 min.). (Submitted on July 6, 2017.)
4. Odetta - Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (YouTube, 2:21). From the album 'Odetta at Carnegie Hall' (1963) Odetta accompanying
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herself on guitar with Bill Lee on string bass; Choir from Church of the Master; Director, Dr. Stent.
(Submitted on July 6, 2017.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2017. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 180 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 6, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.

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