Champions of Change

Men playing guitars and singing at the Abraham Lincoln statue inside the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington

Overview

Students analyze a variety of primary sources to consider how African American song took root as a means of spreading the message of equality  and as a critical part in unifying America in the struggle. After, students investigate the influence of contemporary music and musicians on memorializing the successes of the past and emphasizing the continuing need for equality today.

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Grade

High School

Subjects

Civics, Music, Social Studies

Length

200-300 minutes

Topics

african americans, civil rights, common good, dance, dancers, equality, Freedom, Freedom Singers, Lyndon B. Johnson, March on Washington, musicians, oral histories, protest, QFT, rights, songs, Strange Fruit, We Are the World, We Shall Overcome

Author

TPS Eastern Region

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