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Born: December 31, 1930

Died: December 2, 2008 (aged 77)

Occupation: singer, musician

Bio: Odetta Holmes, known as Odetta, was an American singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter, and a civil and human rights activist, often referred to as The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement. Her musical repertoire consisted largely of American folk music, blues, jazz, and spirituals.

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