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Stace England

The man behind the music in this segment featuring local alternative country/folk musician is Stace England. England and his band The Salt Kings explore intriguing local stories and historical figures in their music, such as the history of Cairo, Illinois, Shawneetown's old slave house, and pioneering African American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, who was born near Metropolis, Illinois in 1884 and is the subject of England's latest release, The Amazing Oscar Micheaux. As England and his band performed at the CD's recent release party at the Liberty Theater, the audience viewed vintage clips of Micheaux's 1919 film The Homesteader, which told the story of Micheaux's life as the first black homesteader in South Dakota. England discussed his new CD and his fascination with Oscar Micheaux's story in an interview on NPR's Weekend Edition in January 2010. Also featured in this InFocus segment is retired teacher Mary O'Hara who shares how she used one of England's albums in her classroom as an inspirational tool for her students. 

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