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Black History - An Exploration of Music As an Expression of Civil Rights

Black History - An Exploration of Music As an Expression of Civil Rights

Playing tracks by

Camille Yarbrough, Syl, The Whatnauts, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin and more.

Music as a form of activism within African American culture is a phenomenon that has no parallel in human history. Never before have an oppressed community been able to speak past their oppressors and to their oppressors’ children. A repressed culture proved to a world that they could be spiritual, that they could be beautiful, that they could be geniuses, and still that wasn’t enough. For too many, it seems that the only sound that gets a response is shattering glass.

Taken from a radio show I did for black history month a couple of years ago, this mix takes a trip through decades of activism from the black panther era to black lives matter, from sixties soul and gospel, seventies revolutionary funk, afrocentric hip-hop, and a selection of new music that carries on the tradition.

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