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I'm spending some extra time on African American culture and literature in Feb. for Black History Month.  I'm trying to tie in every genre and media including music.

I was wondering if anyone knew of some Hip Hop, R&B, Soul songs that give mention to or are reflective of the civil rights movement.  I'm already incorporating some popular music during the civil rights.



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Here is a link to a lesson plan based on a Kanye West song:
HIding in this lesson as a resource is a great link to Ontario Coalition Against Poverty's "Song Lyrics, for activists and protests - This is a listing of song lyrics of inspiration, for protest and for activist on topics including poverty, environmentalism, racism, police brutality, greed and even landlords!"" target="_blank">

Thanks Lisa!
What's Really Going On (Strange Fruit) by Dwayne Wiggins...

Great website! Thank you for sharing that.
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH there is such a wealth of information here, I can't wait to utilize this month and with other curriculum in the future.

Plus just got this link to an iTunes Black History Month Collection - pretty cool....
Wow, there are just so many. Apart from some of the fantastic choices that I seconded below, I would have to use "Hurricane" by Bob Dylan. If for no other reason because I think it is an atypical choice. I would probably look to throw in something from The Last Poets, one of the forerunners of rap.

We have a group of teachers who are looking to do a similar type of project.  I appreciate all of your posts, this was really helpful and I can share a ton of resources with them.  Thank you for posing the question Lindsay.



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