Motown played an important role in the racial integration of music as it was the first record company to be owned by an african-american and consisted mainly of african-american artists who achieved crossover success in the 1960’s. “Into the '60s, I was still not of a frame of mind that we were not only making music, we were making history. But I did recognize the impact because acts were going all over the world at that time. I recognized the bridges that we crossed, the racial problems and the barriers that we broke down with music. I recognized that because I lived it.
According to dictionary.com, importance means, “of much or great significance or consequence”. Martin Luther King Junior was an extremely charismatic, intelligent, and moral leader during the 1950s and 1960s of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States of America (USA), and these special traits made him of great importance to Movement. Martin Luther King Junior was an African American leader of the Civil Rights Movement from 1955-1968(death). Before he became noticed as a charismatic leader, he was a pastor at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. He was the first non violent African American leader and helped others to achieve many great things.
The Golden Age of the Motown Sound By Vivian M. Baulch / The Detroit News March 1, 2000 That man, of course, was Berry Gordy Jr. Smokey Robinson saw something in Gordy, too, and urged him to start his own recording company. In 1959, Gordy borrowed $800 from his family and "Motown" was born. "It is probably true to say that Motown was as much Robinson's company as it was Gordy's, although Gordy was unquestionably the head of the company," author Sharon Davis wrote in her book, 'Motown, the History.' By 1972 Berry Gordy was the richest black man in America with an annual income in excess of $10 million. Berry Gordy Jr.: The genius behind Motown.
The roots of the Civil Rights Movement lie deep in the history of this nation. African American’s fight for justice began far before Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech and Rosa Park’s refusal to give up her bus seat. As Leon Litwack (2009) states, “The Civil Rights Movement began with the presence of enslaved blacks in the New World, with the first slave mutiny on the ships bringing them here” (p. 3). Centuries later, African Americans found themselves facing many of the same issues and inequalities their slave ancestors did. It has been well documented, and often discussed, the struggles African Americans faced during this time.
Many black musicians were able to break into the spotlight thanks to Elvis opening the door. Although he didn't invent rock n roll he still gave it the push it needed to become a popular music genre. Elvis Presley is the single most significant figure in rock and roll history. Elvis completely revolutionized music and his influence changed the entertainment industry forever. In the 1950’s, the South was heavily racially segregated, but Presley’s music broke past these racial barriers.
Firstly, his character traits including his oratory skills, his Nobel Peace Prize and his famous I Have A Dream speech were instrumental in his success as the face of the Civil Rights campaign. His oratory skills was the key component that got Martin Luther King famous, when he moved to Montgomery it was this skill that got him to the top so quickly. These made him a successful leader because it allowed him to motivationally communicate with his fellow African American followers. An example of great motivation in his speech would be his ‘I Have a Dream Speech’ at the March on Washington in 1963, this was his most famous speech, he spoke to at least 250,000 supporters and motivated them completely and got the civil rights act that followed was a true reminder of his skill. However his leadership skills were strained when it came to the Birmingham, Alabama protest that was a huge disappointment.
Ricky Martin Fame Sergio Robles University of Phoenix General Studies GEN 200 Nanette Morrow March 09, 2010 Ricky Martin Fame What comes to mind when you hear the name, “Ricky Martin?” One thought that comes to mind is, “Livin la Vida Loca.” The 39-year-old Puerto Rican, Ricky Martin; he has proven to be a successful actor, composer, singer, and an excellent dancer. Even though he lives the saying, "La Vida Loca,” he has proven to be an outstanding solo artist because of the number of albums he has sold and also the crossover to English has launched his career to the next level. Ricky Martin’s career started out at a young age. Martin was a former member of the famous Puerto Rican boy band from the 80s called, “Menudo.” Though his talent came naturally, he had a problem with, his height. Even though his height was a challenge, it was not enough to stop Martin.
 Hip hop gained appeal within the black community because of the authentic and relatable nature of the lyrical content. Over time, hip hop and gangsta rap became a tool for competing record labels and associated gangs. Record labels wanted to build up a reputation in order to achieve commercial success. Emergence of the West Coast In 1986, inspired by Philadelphia rapper Schoolly D, Crenshaw-based Ice-T released the song "6 in the Mornin'". It is considered by many critics as the very first gangsta rap song.
Many consider the civil rights movement of the time not in 1950s but when the Africans were first brought in chains centuries earlier to American shores. In particular those blacks fought for their enslavement and demanded fundamental citizenship rights laid the foundation for the modern seven civil rights movement. The first slaves were brought to America ending in 1619 not until the 13th amendment abolished slavery following the Civil War did blacks gained their freedom. Yet the newly freed blacks were largely illiterate and bereft of money or property and racism and inequality were rampant Especially in the south were slavery had predominated for so long. The federal and state governments implemented many democratic for reforms between the years of 1865 1875 this was called the reconstruction error.
Another example is, The Murder of Emmett Till in 1955, proved that discrimination still occured in the South, and was the most public disturbing violent act. However, due to the mass publicity on the case it seemed very significant for Black people to motivate them to fight much more for Civil Rights. Many things did change, for example, NAACP won Black Americans the right for school to intergrate (Brown v. Board of Education) and Public Facilities, such as, Buses and Trains to intergrate (Morgan v. Virginia). In Economic sense, the position of African Americans had improved significantly through the years 1945 to 1955. In the southern states, African Americans were still predominantly employed in poorly paid agricultural jobs.