Singer Puts Spotlight on Black History Vocalist at Cary Library Traces Popular Music Back to Africa

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Despite the hourlong delay, Chicago resident and professional singer Maggie Brown had no trouble keeping the toes tapping and hands clapping at the Cary Area Public Library, 1606 Three Oaks Road, Saturday afternoon.

As part of Black History Month, the Cary library in conjunction with the Fox River Grove Public Library hosted the musical and cultural one-woman show titled "Legacy: Our Wealth of Music."

About 60 people turned up for the entertaining and educational production that traced today's popular music to African heritage both in Africa and the United States.

"I thought this would be a great opportunity to introduce kids to a different kind of music," said Sue Keller, Cary library's youth services librarian. "And we felt this was a marvelous opportunity to do a joint program between the two libraries."

This also was the first large event the Cary library has hosted since opening its doors less than a year ago.

Before beginning her performance, Brown thanked everyone in the audience for their patience. …