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.
Note: some lyrics may be explicit.
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