Social Movements Of African Americans Essay

1642 Words Oct 2nd, 2016 7 Pages
Social movements can be defined as a grouping of individuals or organizations which focus on political and social issues. Abraham Lincoln, in 1863, drafted and passed the Emancipation Proclamation which changed the federal legal status of more than 3 million slaves in the south from “slave” to “free, which was monumental for the African-American people. Fast forward about a century later racism was alive and well and prosed an issue for the social justice of African-Americans. The 1960’s were a very tough time for African-Americans socially because of how segregated America was in the 1960’s. African-Americans were fed up with the segregation of America and decided it was time to make a change for their cause. African-Americans had many platforms to speak their cause and a very predominant platform was through song rhetoric. Lyrics were used as a way to persuade a broader audience to then legitimize and mobilize the movement. They solidified their movement with songs which means that is was a tactic used to unite followers, to create a sense of community and cohesiveness among its members/followers. The purpose of using songs to solidify a movement is primarily to energize an audience, reaffirm commitment to the cause, self persuasion, and helps sustain a movement. In this paper I will analyze “Oh, Freedom” – Aaron Neville, “Strange Fruit” – Billy Holliday, and “A Change is Gonna Come” – Sam Cooke to show how the movement was solidified and progressed the civil rights…

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