Music of the Civil Rights Era

1007 WordsJun 16, 20185 Pages
The words “civil rights” trigger a sense in the human mind. One of remorse, passion, and hope in a cause worth fighting for. Those weathered by its raging storms refer to it as a turning point in American life after over a century under segregation that can only be described as a necessary silence that African Americans were forced to take on the matter. However, the human mind found itself a way to express those feelings that flowed from its veins. That expression of power and revolt was music. Music acted as the horses that pulled pearlescent chariots of liberty and freedom to the front doors of the White House through public protests, involvement of musical artists, and its impact on the lives and culture of those who were oppressed.…show more content…
Bob Dylan was a significant artist and performer of songs of the “good times ahead” during the Civil Rights Movement. Bob Dylan wrote songs named “The Murder of Emmett Till” and “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll” which both referred to specific events and murders of the time, while his songs The Times They Are A-Changin’ and Blowin’ in the Wind referred to the entire Civil Rights Movement as a whole (Edwards). He also was an active member of the protest community and would avidly participate in sit-ins and marches like the “March on Washington” which is where he gained most of his musical notoriety from the African American community of the time and this is where he help fuel the love of fans with his acoustic guitar and raspy vocal pieces (Edwards). Some say that Dylan was almost essential to the completion and victory of the Civil Rights Movement and others argue that without his songs of protest and remorse, the cause of civil rights would have been better off without him and may have ended sooner without the constant reminder of an end in the back of the government’s head (Ward). However, everyone can agree that music had an important part in the movement forward of the Civil Rights cause, whether or not the bias be in the direction of a negative connotation or a positive one. Music’s grace and power had a very important effect on the outcome of the Civil Rights movement. The papers read off words like, “They have overcome,” and “One man’s dream is another
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