The late 1950s and early 1960s brought to light the importance of music and how it was used to support the southern civil rights movement. Music played a crucial role in the fight against racial injustice and inequality. Many songs during this time period were meant to give a voice to African Americans who were systematically oppressed by society. Whether sung at church or during sit-ins, Civil rights activists used songs to convey the seriousness of the fight for freedom.
The civil rights movement rightly holds a place for musical history. Freedom songs were often ingrained into popular music of the 1950’s and 1960s. The rhythm and blues, folk, and gospel music took part in the battle for freedom and fight for racial integration.
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