In this lesson, developed by and included with the permission of TeachRock, students will address the essential question: How did popular music reflect the values of the civil rights movement of the 1960s and help the movement convey its message?
Students will examine:
- the role of music as a motivating force in the civil rights movement.
- the history of “We Shall Overcome” and its central importance to the civil rights movement.
- the ways in which popular songs of different musical genres reflected the values and beliefs of the civil rights movement.
- the effectiveness of music in spreading the message of the civil rights movement.
Access The Music of the Civil Rights Movement and accompanying materials on TeachRock’s website.
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
In our resource history is presented through a series of narratives, primary sources, and point-counterpoint debates that invites students to participate in the ongoing conversation about the American experiment.