Popular Music and the Civil Rights Movement

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This is the 50th anniversary of the height of the civil rights movement across the country in 1964. Use this lesson plan to show how rock musicians used their art to address a political message with popular music. Investigate the impact of music icons such as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Joan Baez, and Peter, Paul, and Mary to see how their music reflected political and social issues of the 1960s. Use R & B musicians such as James Brown and Aretha Franklin to see how they addressed the struggle for civil rights. Find a list of selected recordings and CD anthologies to use in this lesson plan.

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