Music And Social Movements Of The 1960s

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“Music and social movements have been widely celebrated as two catalysts that can elevate the human condition by lifting spirits and undermining subordination” (Reds 10). The 1960s were a time in American history that by many can be described as chaotic. A time in history where folk music was revived, also called contemporary folk, and seeked to challenge the racial boundaries in America. A time in which Pop and Rock music were influenced by contemporary folk and revealed the discontent of the young American generation towards the Vietnam war, established institutions, and middle class values. A time where music channeled the social movements taking place in America. Music of this period represents a unique connection between music and…show more content…
Music within the African American community was established in one of the communities’ most essential institution which is the church. With music rooted into the African American culture it proved to send a powerful message when marching and speaking out against the discrimination and segregation of African Americans. African Americans asked for the federal protection and legal recognition from the American government. Music is a wise tool for propaganda and inclusion for those who feel left out and left behind in society. Dr. Martin Luther King made an analogy between the movement and the church, “The invitational periods at the mass meetings, when we asked for volunteers, were much like those invitational periods that occur every Sunday morning in Negro churches when the pastor projects the call to those present to join the church” (Reds 6). Amid the movement, a national adult subpopulation of 1,250 whites was surveyed in August of 1966 by The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research and were asked the following: “I’d like to ask you if you were in the same position as Negroes, if you think it would be justified or not to march and protest in demonstrations?” A fifty- four percent said it was unjustified while forty-six believed it was justified (Civil). The United States of America was divided between “us” and “them.”
Even though folk revival music was
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