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Feb. 1, 2024
Every social justice movement has had a soundtrack.
Music has been a part of everything from the American civil rights movement to Black Lives Matter. Black musicians have protested police brutality and racial discrimination. Indigenous artists have raised their voices in resurgence and resistance. The punk rockers of the 1970s raged against economic disparity, while the Riot Grrrls of the early 1990s called for “revolution girl style now!”
As the late Nina Simone, who became the voice of the U.S. civil rights movement with her anthem Mississippi Goddam, once said, “An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times. How can you be an artist and not reflect the times?”