With photographs, artifacts, and documents drawn from The Amistad Center’s collection, Sing the Truth: Voices from The Amistad Center for Art & Culture celebrates the emergence of an African American female performance tradition and its impact on the fight for freedom. The mixed-media installation begins with broadside advertisements for Reconstruction-era jubilee performances and follows the careers of the Hyers Sisters, the Black Patti, and other late 19th-century entertainers. Billie Holiday, Josephine Baker, and Ethel Waters shaped the progressive cabaret culture symbolized by New York’s Café Society and documented in portraits by Carl van Vechten, Sarony, and Philippe Halsman. The music and presence of Eva Jessye, Mahalia Jackson, and Lena Horne, among others helped make the 1963 March on Washington memorable. The installation recognizes their efforts as well. Sing the Truth commemorates the contributions made by these musicians and their legacy for future generations of musicians, fans, and activists.