I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the Music That Shaped the Civil Rights Era recounts the life and achievements of the lead singer of the Staple Singers, revealing how her family fused diverse musical genres to transcend racism and oppression through song, and discussing her collaborations with fellow artists and her impact on civil rights culture. Staples and her family are Chicago natives and one of the city’s most enduring musical legacies. Critically acclaimed biographer and Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot cuts to the heart of Mavis Staples' music, revealing the intimate stories of her 60-year career.
OBOC is a citywide program that, for more than a decade, has brought communities together around one central theme through diverse programming, events and more. From October through April 2018, One Book, One Chicago will explore a central theme—Music: The Beat of Our City.
Joining with more than 20 community partners, CPL offers Chicagoans a variety of events and programs, including walking tours, art exhibits, discussions, music performances and more, to bring people, businesses and civic agencies together to engage with the book and theme.
One Book, One Chicago 2017-18 is made possible by the Chicago Public Library Foundation, funded through generous support from The Chicago Community Trust and BMO Harris Bank with travel support provided by United Airlines.