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Music History brings to life the aspirations and values of African American students from Chicago at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1963. When Etta and Walter meet at Walter’s apartment, the sparks are there as well as the conflicts. Walter, intellectual, hip, newly returned from SNNC’s (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) voter registration campaign in Mississippi, is struggling to readjust to life on campus with an eye to returning to his work with SNCC. Etta, an independent free spirit, tries to gain Walter’s trust. Etta and Walter must deal with social pressures and racial segregation as they come to terms with themselves and each other in this coming-of-age drama that connects the personal and the political, the desire for personal fulfillment and a commitment to social change.