History Propaganda The African-American Civil Rights Movement of the mid-1900s was not exclusively about the leadership of Rev.Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Music played a crucial part too. One factor of this projection is that African Americans used music as a way of articulating factors of their culture and the Civil Rights Movement (Reed 4). A growing socio-cultural framework dominated the mid-1900s wherein in blacks made music to voice their demands.
Voicing demands was the second way the African American Civil Rights Movement reached a white-dominated government (Reed 14). For instance, when nonviolent demonstrators gathered around Washington in 1960, they sang songs of freedom. This is also the reason African American music is considered the official “soundtrack” of the African-American Civil Rights Movement.
Thirdly, African-American churches were grounds and sources for participants of the movement to gather, pray, and sing. These songs were composed under the same church conditions. Clearly, religion influenced the type of songs the movement used for demonstration and driving their demands across (Reed 29). Songs composed from churches tackled themes about deliverance, faith, redemption, and liberation. A majority of these songs slowly adapted new meanings within the movement in an effort to address issues of social change and struggle.
Fourthly, the African-American civil-rights movement used music to conjure resistance. For instance, the renowned activist song “We Shall Not Be Moved” was challenging because of its rebellious theme even though it supported a strong idea of nonaggression (Reed 34). Discrimination of European Americans against African Americans used the African American community as a display on which to project suppressed feelings and ways of life, particularly gender and aggression.
Reed, T.V. Art of Protest: Culture and Activism from the Civil Rights Movement to the Streets of Seattle. Minnesota: University Of Minnesota Press. Print.