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WAIS Event – Kim Ruehl

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April 7 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

University of the Ozarks will present Kim Ruehl at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 7.

The event, which is part of the University’s 2021-22 Walton Arts & Ideas Series, will be held in the Seay Theatre, located in the Walton Fine Arts Center. Masks and social distancing protocols will be enforced.

Author Kim Ruehl will discuss her 2021 book titled, “A Singing Army: Zilphia Horton and the Highlander Folk School,” that highlights the life of 1931 Ozarks graduate Zilphia Horton.  This is the first biography of the activist and musician who inspired thousands of working people and left a legacy that changed the world. A native of Paris, Ark., Horton was a pioneer of cultural organizing, an activist and musician who taught people how to use the arts as a tool for social change, and a catalyst for anthems of empowerment such as “We Shall Overcome” and “We Shall Not Be Moved.” Her contributions to the Highlander Folk School, a pivotal center of the labor and civil rights movements in the mid-twentieth century, and her work creating the songbook of the labor movement influenced countless figures, from Woody Guthrie to Eleanor Roosevelt to Rosa Parks. Despite her outsized impact, Horton’s story is little known. A Singing Army introduces this overlooked figure to the world. Ruehl is a writer, editor, and folk music advocate based in Asheville, North Carolina. She has written for Billboard, NPR Music, Seattle Weekly, and various others. She was also editor of No Depression — the roots music journal — for nine years.