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Motown Civil Rights Movement

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The Impact of the Relationship between Motown and the Civil Rights Movement
It was possible to view the sign that was above the Motown Records front windows located in Detroit during the 1960’s. The sign read ‘Hitsville U.S.A. and Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown had placed it there after the company moved to a new location. It was the Grand Blvd 2648 W. and the sign proved that Gordy was indeed a force to be reckoned with as time went by. The Motown Record Company had established itself as a successful and independently run African America business. The company encouraged the youth of America by urging them to go and look beyond the racial divides that existed. He wanted them to dance and sing together at a time when the issue of unity was gaining a lot of importance .
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Motown Records was able to produce legends that included the Jackson Five, Gladys Knight, Martha Reeves, the Four Tops, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, and Marvin Gaye. It is evident that Motown had created a new tune that had never been heard before among the American youth, and thus it helped in the shaping of the 1960’s.
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The allegations were not true because Motown was able to embody one of the key principles regarding the Civil Rights Movement. It mostly preached about black independence and success. It is evident that Gordy did not intend on proclaiming the message of empowerment and black independence. However, based on his actions of going ahead and establishing the record company, he played a role in accomplishing one of the Civil Rights Movement’s goals, which was black economic independence. It means that the success and establishment of Motown was a political act of intrinsic value. It is because it served as the needed proof regarding the fact that African Americans could be as successful and independent as the whites could
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