Educators, enrich your Black History Month programs with lesson plans that use music as the entry point for discussions. Engage your students with rich multimedia materials that highlight the achievements of key artists including Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Sam Cooke, The Beatles and more. Make connections between the lives and work of such individuals as Martin Luther King Jr., Andrew Young, and Rosa Parks and the music that inspired change.
The Crossing the Color Line: Music as an Agent of Change During the Civil Rights Era lesson collection encourages your students to explore the role of song in protest as well as music’s capacity to unite seemingly disparate groups of citizens within the context of the Civil Rights movement. Stay tuned for the second and third installments of our Black History Month collections, all of which are available free of charge at TeachRock.org.
How did popular music reflect the values of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and help the movement convey its message?
How did Sixties Soul help give voice to the Civil Rights movement?
How has “the beat” been an object of both celebration and concern in the history of popular music?
How did the recordings Sam Phillips produced at Sun Records, including Elvis Presley’s early work, reflect trends of urbanization and integration in the 1950s American South?
How did the Beatles take a stand against segregation while touring America? And what did it mean for popular music culture?
How has Memphis music culture provided one example of art’s capacity to challenge the racial boundaries that have so often structured American life?