Through Elvis Presley's efforts, he was named one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century because he helped create the Rock and Roll era and was named “king” of Rock and Roll. Rock and Roll influenced society in many different ways through history. It influenced many Americans to act many different ways and Rock and Roll still effects our lives today. Rock and Roll all started in the early 1950s.
Another economic progress which occurred is the establishment of the Freedmen’s Savings Bank according to Professor Jenkins, lectures notes and his book Climbing Up to Glory the Freed man bank was created by Congress along with the Freedmen’s Bureau to aid Freedmen in their transition from freedom to slavery. Africans Americans wanted to show the whites that they were not “lazy” by depositing small amount of money in the bank. In this book, it depicts that “the Freedman Savings Bank was a morale booster and source of inspiration for blacks,” because when they arrived to the bank, they would be greeted by African American tellers, in addition at one point Frederick Douglas was the President of that said bank.
The Harlem Renaissance was a burst on African American’s expression of culture, arts, and writings throughout the 1920’s. It was in Harlem, New York, the movement allowed many African American poets, painters, musicians, authors and philosophers to express the beliefs in their people's culture. They wanted to be equal to white people so they showed that through their talents. Louis Armstrong was a key asset to the Harlem Renaissance due to his inspiring music and playing his instruments for African Americans people during this period. Louis Armstrong was a pivotal musician in the twentieth century, but it was his contributions and his role he made during the Harlem Renaissance movement that is most substantial.
Rosa Parks was the firstborn child of Leona Edwards and James McCauley. She had a younger brother named Sylvester. In her autobiography, Rosa Parks shares that she grew up in Pine Level, AL in her grandparent’s house (4). Rosa grew up most of her life without her dad in her life. He moved around working in construction jobs and Rosa’s mother did not want to move her family around.
The informative material approached in this book mirrors an expanding intrigue of African-American history; particularly in the religious expression. Defends the African American’s religious life within their community as an important realm of the overall religious history in the South and the equally important aspect of today’s religious expressions. Insists that if one wanted to know the south, then they must know it 's religious life; generally speaking, students of Southern studies should recognize this Idea. Adds that in the South religious expression was a topic of curiosity or even ridicule, with attention focused on the more extreme aspects of folk religion among those who were illiterate and somewhat cordoned off from major communities.
Blues music as a genre and form was developed by African Americans in the south of the United States at the end of the 19th century. The genre has origins in many cultures such as in African music, African-American work songs and European-American folk music. Blues music incorporates field hollers, shouts, chants, etc. The blues form, found in jazz, rhythm and blues and rock and roll, is characterized by the call-and-response pattern, and also the twelve-bar blues structure, which is the most common feature. Early traditional blues verses consisted of a single line repeated four times.
Close your eyes and try to imagine a melding the history of the Irish and Scottish tunes, of the twang of country music, and the reverence of a gospel message. Enter a touch of the blues and the spirit of generations who played music to express themselves with this unique genre of music. Each of these components brought with it instruments steeped with tradition. Country music built the foundation with the guitar and bass guitar, the Scottish and Irish influences added the mandolin. The Africa American 2/4 beat contributes the banjo and the washboard adds the finishing folk music touch.
Zora Neale Hurston was an African American writer acknowledged for her short stories, being a folklorist, and an anthropologist. Hurston was born in Notasulga, Alabama, on January 7, 1891. She was daughter to two former slaves. “At the age of three her family moved to Eatonville, Florida.” (manythings.org).
Bessie Smith, also known as the empress of the blues, was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920's. She was born on April 15, 1894 in Chattanooga Tennessee. Bessie smith was the daughter of Laura and William Smith, a Baptist minister, and was one of seven children. Her mother, father, and two brothers died before she was nine. To earn money, Bessie and her brother became street performers, with her dancing and singing and him playing the guitar.
The first artist I will be talking about is James Brown. James Brown was born May 3rd in 1933 in the state of South Carolina. He was moved to Georgia at age four to live with his aunt after his parents split up (James Brown Biography). Brown grew up in great poverty and worked any job he could get to earn a penny. After getting kicked out of school, he turned to more odd end jobs and crime.
The History of Pioneer Black Musicians Music Influence on that of Michael Jackson Michael Jackson was a great singer in his time and one of Americas’ prolific singers to ever grace the music scene. From the time he graced the music scene, he would go on to become a great singer that inspired other great singers during his period and in the future generation. Music has got a unique element that is so unifying and touching depending on the type of music one could be listening. In the history of the United States, black musicians from way back in the early days of singers such as James Brown, Prince, and Smokey Robinson have had an influence on the music culture. There are many genres today that can be traced from black musicians who popularized
shaping the artistic contributions of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. Unlike other notable black poets of the period, Hughes refused to differentiate between his personal experience and the common experience of black America. He wanted to tell the stories of his people in ways that reflected their actual culture, including both their suffering, love of music, laughter, and language itself (Ham). Along with literary works, the music of the Harlem Renaissance appealed to a wide audience and marked a proliferation of African-American cultural influence. No aspect of the Harlem Renaissance shaped America and the entire world as much as jazz.