Let’s make a start at Mocambo, a nightclub in West Hollywood, California, at 8588 Sunset Boulevard on the Sunset Strip in 1955. 1955; The year where American saw extreme segregation, and black musicians often faced with the brunt of it. With this particular story, it revolves around 2 iconic stars, one counteracted from her success and one who conjures unconventional images for different people, known mostly for the wrong reasons. Marilyn Monroe and Ella Fitzgerald. Ella Fitzgerald, the acclaimed jazz singer, who had had her fair share of struggles to overcome.
one quote that I found was "genius in all parts of the earth" (Flanzbaum). This quote represents that she was more than just an author, she was an inspiration to authors and African American people, Wheatley 's impact on the human rights showed her public presence stands as a powerfully concrete example of the slave 's inherent "humanity." (Nott 72). Phillis wheatley has showed that with her poem "On being brought from Africa to America” a great expression of a life as an enslaved woman. she is showing the meaning of a lyric poem which by definition is one of the primary poetic forms, which also include narrative and dramatic expressions.
Another example of a black artist is Aretha Franklin, who wrote songs about women rising up and demanding ‘respect’ (5) in the country in which she lived, both as an African American and a woman, as shown by her song title. This song became ‘an important catalyst for the development of the feminist protest movement,’ (5). This highlights that the 1960s was a time filled with the desire to create social change through music. The musical revolution
7. Billie Holiday, known as the Queen of Jazz, recorded her version of Jacques Charles’ “My Man” in a jazz and blues version rather than keeping it a ballad. She was a risk taker and one of the most influential women of the time. Her career, lasting over 30 years, whilst women became to stand out more in society, shook the music industry with her amazing performances and unordinary, unique, and outstanding improvisation. By singing “It cost me a lot, but there 's one thing that I 've got” (Holiday, My Man) the women shows her strength, readiness to not give up and continue to fight for what she believes belongs
The 1960s brought about a great movement of the arts as the oppressed people and the activists spoke out against the unfair laws through their various art forms. Because of anger and built up black frustration, the Civil Rights Movement was at a peak from 1955-1965. The Black Arts Movement stemmed from
Themes in Alice Walker the Color Purple Introduction Alice walker is the author of the color purple; the novel was released in 1982 and has won two major awards, which are, best fiction from the national book award and the Pulitzer award for best fiction (Alsen, 45). The book has since been adopted into musical and film while retaining the same name. The book focuses on African American women’s lives in the southern state of Georgia (LaGrone, 53). Moreover, the book paints a picture of how low the African woman is regarded in the social culture of Americans. Alice walker is not only known as being an Afro-American writer but is known for her use of dominant themes.
Fannie Lou Hamer was an influential civil rights activist during the mid-1900s. She gave many empowering speeches to encourage African-Americans to exercise their right to vote. In fact, she is well-known for her efforts in Mississippi which was a hotbed for segregation. She spoke out against the all white delegation and inspired the black community to rise up against their oppressors. She didn’t focus her attention only on voting rights.
“I do my best to love everyone” are the wise words from Atticus Finch, one of literature’s most beloved upstanders. In Harper Lee’s famous novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, set in the 1930s in a small town in Alabama, there was a lot of racism. Atticus Finch was a white lawyer who stepped up and defended a black in a time when a black man would not get a fair trial based on the color of his skin. In the segregated South, it was commonplace for blacks not to receive justice in the legal system, and this fact was not only accepted but encouraged in society. It was clear that a fair trial was only for those with fair skin.
She wrote a number of songs which became anthems for the cause such as "Young, Gifted and Black," borrowing the title of a play by Hansberry and "Four Women," which she penned chronicling the complex histories of a quartet of African-American female figures. Legend has it that Simone took anywhere between twenty minutes and an hour to write one of her most defining works in response to the 1963 assassination of Medgar Evers and the Birmingham church bombing, “Mississippi Goddamn”- a song that became the anthem in the 1960s protests repertoire. This song represented the views and opinions that many black people had but feared to express. For Simone, who lived next door to Malcolm X in Mt. Vernon, New York, and whose first interaction with Martin Luther King, Jr. involved a heated declaration that her activism was on the “by any means necessary” part of the scale, the tune bore none of the turn-the-other-cheek wholesomeness of other protest songs.
Tubman also helped shelter poor elderly on the farm in Auburn even though she was struggling financially. These actions that Harriet took to help others is what made America realize more about how much civil rights was important. In 1896, two generations came together to celebrate the strength of black women and to continue their struggle for a life of respect. This group of people consisted of black and white people. This shows how much the community was impacted by Tubman’s life.