Music and Social Justice

Music and Social Justice

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Music and Social Justice

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This event is at full capacity. To be placed on a waitlist, please email [email protected].

What is the role music can play in shaping the way we see others and ourselves? What can we learn about the past by focusing on music?

Facing History is pleased to collaborate with the Skirball Cultural Center to present this session of the  Teaching Our World Through The Arts (TOWTA) workshop series.

This workshop explores the relationship between music and social change through five classic soul songs recorded at Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee, during the Civil Rights Movement. The stories of the artists, the music, and the lyrics provide a window into the ways that music can inspire social change. Participants will be introduced to our new resource, “The Sounds of Change,” which was developed in collaboration with The Stax Museum of American Soul Music. We will also consider how this music inspired and reflected social change in Los Angeles and the nation. The lessons include activities that help teachers and students analyze lyrics, explore the historical contexts in which the songs were written, and grapple with questions about human behavior.


After this workshop you will:

  • Receive a free copy of “The Sounds of Change"
  • Receive coaching and support as you implement this unit in your classroom
  • Become part of the Facing History Educator Network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and online tools
  • Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost


Please note: Registration on this website is for this workshop only.


Teachers are encouraged to sign up for the entire series, Teaching Our World Through The Arts (TOWTA) with the Skirball Cultural Center.  This workshop is part of strand four: Words and Music.


Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

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