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Bobby Freeman - In 1964, at the height of the historic debate concerning the passage of the Civil Rights Act - a time when African Americans were barred from most of our nations beaches and pools because the thought of black men interacting with white women (and vice versa) stirred up the murky waters of sexuality and popular prejudices - Bobby Freeman released "C'Mon and Swim." The political and cultural symbolism of this video, performed by Freeman and written by Sly Stone, has long gone unnoticed or unappreciated. The idea of a black man teaching 8 scantily clad white girls, turned the idea of segregated swimming on its head and fueled racial fears within the white community that either resulted in segregated pools into the 1970's.


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