Monday, September 27, 2010

Post #2: For Thursday, September 30th & October 5th

In a post of at least 300 words, respond to one of the following questions. Keep in mind that your weekly posts are required and will count as 30% of your final grade.

1) In "Singing Civil Rights: The Freedom Song Tradition," Reed identifies a number of 'myths' that he believes are popular misconceptions about the movement. Select at least two of these myths to write about: have you been taught or exposed to the view that Reed sees as 'a myth'? How does Reed's view change your understanding of the movement and why do you think it might be important to challenge that myth?

2) What is Reed's argument about why music was so important to the Civil Rights movement? What are some of the specific roles it played in the movement? How does this relate or compare to your own experiences of the role of music in everyday life, or the relation of music to politics?

Reading for Tuesday, October 5th: Look at the website for Eyes on the Prize and read the description of the first five episodes, "Awakenings," "Fighting Back," "Ain't Scared of Your Jails," "No Easy Walk" and "Mississippi: Is this America?" Follow the links to get more information about the events of each episode. Fill in identification terms from your syllabus. In your notes, describe 1) What were some of the main areas of society in and over which these struggles took place? and 2) What were some of the techniques used by Civil Rights Activists?

Then go to the website's page of primary documents. Select one document from 1955-1964. Read it, print it out and bring it to class on October 5th. Think about what a primary document is and what it can tell us.


  1. The myth that I chose are: the highest rank they give to Martin Luther King and pretending that men are the only ones who fight hardly in civil right movement. King did not make the movement but the movement made him. He was sometime a follower rather than a leader. NAACP was the key of black organizations in mamy communities, but they accordes more important to King than NAACP. NAACP was guiding King on what he was supposed to do. Also many women were fighting against the discrimination, segregation, racism and against black struggle. But history did not appreciate them. Men took more advantages, people think they were the only that help to win the civil movement war.