Champions of Change

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


Students analyze a variety of primary sources to explore 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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High School


Civics, Music, Social Studies


200-300 minutes


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


TPS Eastern Region

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