African Americans And The Civil Rights Activists Like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And Malcolm X

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“The truth is that which needs to be told, and true creation is that which needs to be created and what we need to create is Black images which speak to and inspire Black people” stated in “Documents from the Black Arts Movement” (Karenga). This statement speaks truth to how African Americans felt in the 1960s and still today. Many great Civil Rights activists like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X wanted to set examples including being the voice of African Americans because many were silent about the injustice they endured from white Americans. Blacks felt that having artists of their own kind to relate to would be a sign of freedom a starting point to be equal to white Americans. This included black artists in music, acting, and poetry.
After the 1980s blacks had finally made their own identities which were recognized through their talents. While creating black studies and preferring to be called African Americans instead of derogatory names such as a “Nigger” or “Negroes.” However, music symbolizes the younger generations in the 1960s, especially Hip Hop and Rap music. Hip Hop gives blacks authentic music they can relate to with the lyrics and their everyday life struggles. It also conveys attitudes in a specific art form. Rap music defines the artist’s character and allow them to speak from their hearts with passion. This music gives a voice to the poor, oppressed and younger youth against harassment while portraying the image of black people in poverty. Many…
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