Music & Civil Rights Collection

Music was an integral part of the civil rights movement. From Aretha Franklin and Mahalia Jackson to Sam Cooke and the Staple Singers, musicians have regularly played a role in advocating for change. Musicians often stood alongside Dr. Martin Luther King and other civil rights leaders in the name of social justice, performing at events like the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Use the materials in this collection to engage students in thinking about how musicians advocate for social change and challenge their audiences to do the same. 

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For more resources, check out the Rock Hall Library & Archives Social Justice Research Guide!