Read this article about jazz and civil rights. Research the topic further using your Information Literacy skills.… (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

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Essay one:

In your opinion, did jazz hasten or hinder the civil rights movement? Do you think that Louis Armstrong helped to advance civil rights or was he an example of the “Uncle Tom” scenario that is mentioned in the article you read. Remember that these were very different times in America, and your research into these topics needs to take in account the society of the day. Think of topics such as band segregation, audience segregation, pay, and fame. Cite any articles you quote. Please be respectful!

Essay two:

“Strange Fruit” is a song by Abel Meeropol, famously performed by singer Billie Holiday. The topic of the song is the lynching of black Americans.

Listen to Billie Holiday sing “Strange Fruit.” to an external site.
Make an original post stating how the song affects you? Do you think music can make any real difference in how people treat each other? Why or why not?

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