The Impact That Music Had on the Black Pride Movement from 1955-1966

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Introduction Black power can be described as a political slogan that is associated with many black ideologies. It was a slogan used in the 1950’s and the 1960’s in the United States during the black revolution. Black power or black pride during this time centered on racial pride for blacks and emphasized on nurturing and promoting black values and collective interests. This movement had a number of political goals some of which included a fight against racial discrimination, oppression and denial of some rights like those of voting. The black power movement was designed to create pride in black Americans that they were not lesser beings to whites, that they were indeed beautiful. The Black power movement was expressed in different ways. One of the ways that this movement was able to take root and have an impact is through the use of music. Blacks used different genres of music to express their opinions about their plight and place in society (Delmont, 2012). It can be said that during the 1950’s and 1960’s rock and roll music became a key medium of expressing black pride ideologies and brought a sense of racial unity. Body Rock and roll brought a sense of racial unity during the 1950’s and the 1960’s for a number of reasons. First off, it was accepted by both black and white audiences. Performers of rock and roll music communicated black philosophy and promoted black pride. Such performers could be seen in Afro hairstyles which demonstrated their pride in being truly black and their lyrics promoted black unity. Rock and roll as a genre of music during the black pride movement was fused with politics. One of the black rock and roll artists to be popular among people of different races was Chuck Berry. Chuck Berry was very popular because he played his guitar powerfully and danced energetically. Through their songs, rock and roll artists argued against the
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