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Topic: Together Confronting Racism (2017) — Music

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Music to Confront Racism

Americans have a long tradition of confronting racism through music. Enslaved African-Americans created spirituals which "bore double meanings of religious salvation and freedom from slavery." (American Popular Music, 4th edition). Hip-Hop has provided fertile ground for musicians to depict life under systems of racism, protest those systems, and imagine change. Blues, Soul, Funk, Rock N Roll - all share in this tradition. 

Music can embolden, and give strength and hope to activists working to effect change.

Listen to the songs. Read the lyrics. How do these songs confront racism? How do you?

Note: some lyrics may be explicit.

Thanks to Victoria Johnson for help with songs and lyrics.