Music of the Movement: Impact of Jazz on the Civil Rights Struggle

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Course Description

Since its inception, the freedom of improvisational music has helped to shape and strengthen the movement for human and civil rights. From Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday to Ambrose Akinmusire and Jazzmeia Horn, learn more about and listen to the artists who’ve reflected the struggle, passion, pain, and triumph for justice in the United States.

“Much of the power of our Freedom Movement in the United States has come from this music. It has strengthened us with its sweet rhythms when courage began to fail.” -MLK (1964 Berlin Jazz Festival Address)