When an individual is protesting society’s refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him. – Bayard Rustin
The daughter of Eric Garner, Erica and family member Stephen Flagg recorded “This Ends Today“, in his memory.
Police killings of unarmed black men at the hands of police officers has created a new national civil rights movement and inspired musicians to speak out against injustice through the poetry and artistry of music.
Music has always been reflective of the times and music has helped shaped those time.Protest songs from the 1960’s and early 1970’s supported civil right, spoke out against the Vietnam War and helped moved an entire generation into direct action.
Rap music provided protest rhymes describing conditions and problems in the inner city. Protest songs and protest rap have both re-emerged and seem to be trending upwards as reports increase about police killing unarmed black kids and men. You probably won’t hear many of these songs on your local radio stations.
Hopefully some of these new protest song will inspire and encourage a new generator of leaders to implement much needed change.