The Sounds of Change

Learn how American soul music both inspired and reflected social change during the civil rights movement.

Use the stories, songs, and history of American soul music to teach about the civil rights movement and explore the relationship between music and social change.

In these lessons students will:

  • Analyze the lyrics of several classic soul songs
  • Explore the relationship between soul music and its social and historical context of the 1950s and 1960s
  • Consider the role of music as an agent of social change
These lessons are a great resource to use before or after a visit to the Stax Museum of American History.

These lessons are also available as a downloadable PDF

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