ODUS Presents George Kilby Jr '82 and Phil Wiggins

Monday, Apr 15, 2019

The Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students is pleased to host George Kilby Jr ’82 and Phil Wiggins as they present “Racism, Reconciliation, and the Blues” on April 26th at 7:00pm in McCormick 101. The evening of spoken word and acoustic music will feature guitar, upright bass, and harmonica and feature traditional music of the American Deep South and original contemporary works that explore intersections of race, history and social justice. It promises to be an evening of enlightenment, engagement, and entertainment.

The performance is free and open to the general public. We are pleased that this event will coincide with the University’s hosting of The Princeton Prize in Race Relations.

Wiggins and Kilby Biography

Phil Wiggins was half of the internationally acclaimed "Cephas and Wiggins" for 35 years. George Kilby Jr worked for 20 years with the legendary pianist Pinetop Perkins of Muddy Waters band. Kilby and Wiggins met at a blues festival and soon recorded Kilby’s classic You never see the hand throw the Stone.  Their partnership includes countless US and European tours and festivals, songwriting collaboration, and a new CD. 


Wiggins honors include the National Heritage Fellowship Award, the highest honor awarded to Blues/Jazz/Folk musicians by the USA.  He has played Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and the White House and currently sits on the board of the National Council for the Traditional Arts.   Kilby's honors include a WC Handy Blues Album of the year with Perkins, the Newport Jazz Festival, and others. He has 4 CDs as a solo artist


George and Phil also perform “Racism Reconciliation and the Blues”, which is a spoken word and live music experience focused on the problem of racism.  As a black and a white musician, growing up in Alabama during the Civil Rights Era, they are uniquely qualified to speak about their experiences and frame the program in the rich cultural backdrop of the blues.  Their current album also follows this path with many songs on social change, instead of recycling old blues themes.


Black man on the Corner - by George Kilby Jr

A song dealing with the problem between the Black community and the Police Force. 


Forgiveness - by Phil Wiggins

The song that ends our presentation, sending a message of hope.