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Music of the Civil Rights Movement – Lesson 2

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Music always has been a part of political movements, and the American Civil Rights Movement is one of the strongest echo of this belief. The civil rights movement in the 1950s & 1960s have once been described as the greatest singing movement in our nation’s history. Many of the songs grew out of the rich culture of the black churches in the South and fit different moods and situations: Songs for joy. Songs for sorrow. Songs for determination. Songs to get you past the fear. Songs to celebrate.

Lesson two of four discusses the Plessy vs Ferguson and Brown vs Board of Education Supreme decisions and the connection to music by the Staples Singers.

Age Group: Grades 4 -12

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