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Freedom Sings concert to launch Grady Centennial celebration

The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication will host a concert by the group Freedom Sings Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Athena Ballroom in the Classic Center.

The concert, which precedes Homecoming weekend, is launching Grady’s Centennial celebration, a series of events that will continue through 2015.

“Homecoming always is a stellar event at Grady, but this year we will reach new heights,” said Charles Davis, dean of the Grady College. “From the concert by the award-winning Freedom Sings to our legendary tailgate, we will launch our centennial year with the appropriate level of fanfare. This will be a weekend to remember.”

There is no charge for the concert, but tickets are required and can be picked up at the Classic Center box office.

Founded by the First Amendment Center in Nashville, Freedom Sings comprises several award-winning recording artists performing songs that have at one time been censored or banned. Between songs, Ken Paulson, founder of Freedom Sings and former editor of USA Today, will tell the story of the censored tune.

“Freedom Sings is a unique concert experience, bringing together award-winning recording artists, energetic rock, pop and soul music and a celebration of free speech in a fast-paced and interactive show,” Paulson said. “Educators applaud its innovative and inspiring approach; young audiences are entertained and engaged throughout.”

The Grady Centennial celebration will feature events now through its anniversary year, 2015, including the 100th Birthday Field Party and Centennial Gala April 16-19, and a series of receptions in cities around the country.