In this final lesson, students will begin to contemplate the role of music as an agent of social change. A gospel act that crossed over into mainstream soul music, The Staple Singers always conveyed a message in their music. After they study “If You’re Ready (Come Go with Me),” students will be asked how music can inspire social change.
- What type of society were The Staple Singers envisioning?
- How did The Staple Singers view the purpose of their music?
- Are there contemporary examples of music ameliorating a social issue?