Odetta Holmes, mostly known simply as "Odetta", was born December 31, 1930 and died December 2, 2008.
Odetta was often called the "Voice of the Civil Rights Movement".
She studied music at Los Angeles City College and had operatic training from the age of 13.
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Odetta singing "Carry it back to Rosie" at the Newport Festival