Freedom Tales And Folk Songs At Mediation Center Concert

About 75 people tapped their toes and sang along at a free Martin Luther King, Jr., Day concert presented by Mid Shore Community Mediation Center. The internationally known team of Sparky and Rhonda Rucker blended historical tales of freedom and hope with songs of the Underground Railroad, folk music and blues during their performance at Trinity Cathedral in Easton.

Sparky Rucker shared stories of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, while explaining that familiar spirituals and folk tunes often hid freedom-seeker’s code words within their lyrics. Call-and-response songs had the audience participating in the entertainment.

Mediation Center Executive Director Peter Taillie welcomed the Ruckers and guests, thanking the Talbot County Arts Council for sponsoring the event. Taillie also expressed his appreciation to Talbot Partnership, Neighborhood Service Center and Trinity Cathedral for their assistance in offering the concert for the community.

For information on mediation, to make a contribution, or to volunteer as a mediator, call Mid Shore Community Mediation Center at 410-820-5553 or visit