Music Is The Universal Language Essay

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Music is the universal language in which people can communicate. No matter the genre, rap, rhythm and blues, heavy metal, or pop, it is a way that people can get their thoughts and views across to a larger audience in a manner that they can understand without having to listen to a long speech. This is why music was a great vessel for messages during the civil rights movement and protests today. A good song from the civil rights movement is “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke. This was his most politically-oriented song and he wrote it in response to Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind”. He said that although he liked the song then he would have rather if someone of color had sang it (NPR Staff). The song is very short but in that short time span he talks about succeeding in a world where white people are the majority and dominate almost everything. He also makes a reference to Jim Crow laws that made it illegal for African Americans at the time to just stand around and congregate when he says “I go to the movie/And I go downtown/Somebody keep telling me don 't hang around.” He talks about how living as an African American during his time period has been hard for him but there will be a time that it will not be so hard anymore; it might come in the form of death or it might come in the form of death government action but it will come. In is song, he also talked about the African Americans who did not support the civil rights movement; “Then I go to my brother/And I say…

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