Honors College Senior Thesis Presentations

Title

A Change Is Gonna Come: Music and Its Role in the Civil Rights Movement

Presenter Information

Nathanial HumphreyFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

History

Minor

Legal Studies

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Dr. Brian Clardy

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

This thesis paper will provide thorough research and analysis regarding the role of music during the Civil Rights Movement. It would be the goal of this paper to answer the questions of whether or not music had an impact on the Civil Rights Movement, and if so, then in what ways and how was this conveyed through the music.This paper aims to discuss different genres of music, including but not limited to; jazz, rock, pop, blues, etc. In order to answer these questions, this paper will be analyzing songs written by artists during the movement, looking for forms of rhetoric and language that would have portrayed a story or belief that would have been relevant to the movement. This paper will also utilize primary and secondary sources such as interviews and memoirs by these artists to gain a perspective on their purposes for creating the music.

Location

Waterfield Gallery

Start Date

November 2021

End Date

November 2021

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A Change Is Gonna Come: Music and Its Role in the Civil Rights Movement

Waterfield Gallery

This thesis paper will provide thorough research and analysis regarding the role of music during the Civil Rights Movement. It would be the goal of this paper to answer the questions of whether or not music had an impact on the Civil Rights Movement, and if so, then in what ways and how was this conveyed through the music.This paper aims to discuss different genres of music, including but not limited to; jazz, rock, pop, blues, etc. In order to answer these questions, this paper will be analyzing songs written by artists during the movement, looking for forms of rhetoric and language that would have portrayed a story or belief that would have been relevant to the movement. This paper will also utilize primary and secondary sources such as interviews and memoirs by these artists to gain a perspective on their purposes for creating the music.