Analysis Of Martin Luther King And Malcolm X

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In his inaugural address on August 9th, 1974, President Gerald Ford assured the nation “our long national nightmare is over.” He may have spoken too soon. The early 1970s were a bleak time for black America. So much hope had died with the assassination of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X in the late 60’s. There were revolts in urban communities across the United States and brutal encounters with the police (McTernan). Much has been written about the state of the nation in the 70’s but something extraordinary came out of the fire, music. The music of New York City amid this time is a transformational and essential foundation for the birth of new music. The funky, groove beats of jazz and the seductive, energetic sound of salsa erupted in…show more content…
After about two years at Lincoln, Scott-Heron took a year off from an unconventional college career to write the novels The Vulture and The Nigger Factory, “inspired by some of the anger and resentment Gil felt about Lincoln and the tumult reverberating on other campuses (Baram).” He received esteemed recognition for the publication of The Vulture but he still enjoyed poetry and performing. By the start of the decade, he realized that he could combine his charged messages with poetry to funk beats to create a new sound. From this revelation, many of his poems transformed into lyrics for songs that he composed with Brian. But thanks in large part to the success of his first book of poetry, Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, Scott-Heron was introduced to producer Bob Thiele, who had worked with legendary jazz artists from Louis Armstrong to John Coltrane. Thiele encouraged Scott-Heron to perform his poetry, and for his debut release, Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, recorded him reciting over an ensemble of percussionists. Most influential on the album was "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," an “aggressive polemic against the major media” and “white America 's ignorance of increasingly deteriorating conditions in the inner cities (Bush).” Based on the dichotomy between the commercials on television and the marches in the streets not being televised, Scott-Heron wrote a poem that would now be the
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