MUSIC AND THE MOVEMENT: GIVING VOICE
How did Sixties Soul help give voice to the Civil Rights movement?
In this lesson, students will explore the emergence of Sixties Soul music within the context of the Civil Rights movement of the early 1960s. Using Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions’ iconic “People Get Ready” as a starting point, students will examine the connection between musical and political voices, and the ways in which popular song helped express the values of the movement and served as a galvanizing force for those involved.
While the lesson is presented in traditional fashion, with specific directions for use in the classroom, instructors are encouraged to put their own stamp on the material and use the resources provided in ways best suited to the contexts within which they are teaching. For example, instructors may set up viewing stations around the room to allow students to interact individually with the video and audio resources, rather than presenting them in a whole-class format. Or instructors may find that they wish to focus on only one portion of the lesson. The lesson as presented is merely one suggestion for how to use this rich material; instructors should strive to find new approaches that will resonate with their students.
Video pages: Rosa Parks - Civil Rights (1983) | Andrew Young - The Brutality Faced by Civil Rights Activists (2007) | Andrew Young - The Impact of Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions on the Civil Rights Movement (2007) | Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. - The Merv Griffin Show (1967) | The Impressions - People Get Ready (1965)
Image pages: Andrew Young, 1977 | Bayard Rustin, 1963 | Bayard Rustin, Andrew Young, Rep. William Fitts Ryan, James Farmer, and John Lewis, 1965 | Civil Rights March on Washington, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963 | March on Washington, D.C., 1963 | Martin Luther King, Sr., Rosalynn Carter, Coretta Scott King, President Jimmy Carter, and Andrew Young, 1979 | Odetta Holmes, march on Washington, D.C., 1963 | Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1964 | Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, and Charlton Heston, Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C., 1963
Upon completion of this lesson, students will:
College and Career Readiness Reading Anchor Standards for Grades 6-12 for Literature and Informational Text
College and Career Readiness Writing Anchor Standards for Grades 6-12 in English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects
College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening for Grades 6-12
College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language for Grades 6-12
Theme 6: Power, Authority, and Governance
Theme 10: Civic Ideals and Practices
Core Music Standard: Responding
Select: Choose music appropriate for a specific purpose or context.
Analyze: Analyze how the structure and context of varied musical works inform the response.
Interpret: Support interpretations of musical works that reflect creators' and/or performers' expressive intent.
Evaluate: Support evaluations of musical works and performances based on analysis, interpretation, and established criteria.
Core Music Standard: Connecting
Connecting 11: Relate musical ideas and works to varied contexts and daily life to deepen understanding.