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Title: Soundtrack for a Revolution
Grade Range: 7th-12th grade
Duration: 82 minutes



Soundtrack for a Revolution tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music – the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in paddy wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. The freedom songs evolved from slave chants, from the labor movement, and especially from the black church. The music enabled blacks to sing words they could not say, and it was crucial in helping the protesters as they faced down brutal aggression with dignity and non-violence. The infectious energy of the songs swept people up and empowered them to fight for their rights.

“The experience enriched our class coverage by immersing students in the era where they were exposed to the humanity behind the movement. Students were surprised and impressed that average and regular people stood up and actually made change in policy”
– University High School of Science and Engineering educator, Hartford, 5/2016

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