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This set of resources of music that addresses social justice issues is curated by CITME and our partners:

Older Music that Addresses Social Justice Issues

Check out this Women’s Rights and Liberation Playlist curated by Smithsonian Folkways

Check out this Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement Playlist curated by Smithsonian Folkways

Iconic Songs That Address Social Justice Issues

NPR’s The Inspiring Force of We Shall Overcome

Information on Connections between Music, Culture, and Social Justice Throughout History

Van Jones Discussing the 1980s, Hip Hop, and Cultural Issues (From CNN’s SoundTracks)

Wynton Marsalis and Hugh Masekela discuss how music was an instrument for social change in South Africa

 If you are interested in the role music played in defeating apartheid in South Africa, check out the documentary Amandla: A Revolution in 4 Part Harmony

Newer Music Resisting Injustice

Check out these resources on newer music resisting injustice