On 12 January 2014, Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter Brenda Russell will make a long-awaited return to New York. Her appearance at Joe’s Pub follows the release of her latest single “Against the Law”. Russell personalizes the civil rights struggle, sharing a story from her own life when it was “against the law to be black in America”. Released earlier in 2013, the accompanying video honored the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (28 August 1963.) Though Russell draws on the past, her song lyrics to “Against the Law” have a currency that resonates widely in a country still afflicted with racism and discrimination.