Hundreds of tunes have been written about civil rights in the United States and around the world, and the struggle for equal civil rights is far from over. The songs on this list don't even begin to capture them all. But they are a good place to start for anyone who wants to learn more about music from the height of the civil rights movement in the s and s in America. Some of these songs were adapted from old hymns. Others were originals.
Biography of Richard Aoki, Asian-American Black Panther
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Many of the fundamental ideas that drove the genesis of the Asian American Movement came from the Black Power Movement. Likewise, much of the legislation that has come to have the most profound effect on the history of Asians in America occurred during the Civil Movement, a time that is often associated with the struggle for black equality. But the struggle was not limited to that of African Americans. In a time where minorities often find themselves in competition for similar resources, it behooves us to look back at history and the way that minorities have been linked not only by common experiences of oppression and racism, but also by striving for goals that idealize freedom and equality for all individuals.
The current state of crisis may feel oddly familiar and unfamiliar. As activists begin to dust off old tools for grassroots mobilizing, hoping to kindle radicalism for an emerging political battlefront, the lessons of past generations of activists—who waged their battles in a much angrier, more brutal and more precarious political climate—haunt us today, but also give us perspective: we should never get too comfortable with what seems to be the status quo. Whatever chaos looms in our political sphere, if you just peer into our pop-cultural bubble, you might say Asian America is having a moment.