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MLK & Jazz

Martin Luther King was born 75 years ago on January 15, 1928, in Atlanta. Today, as many businesses (including JazzTimes) observe Dr. King’s birthday, we thought we’d provide you with some links to jazz and civil rights sites.

The National Association for Music Education has a program for middle school students that talks about jazz and civil rights. More information can be found here.

Here’s a timeline of the civil rights era.

Here’s an essay by Marshall Bowden on his site that discusses “Strange Fruit.”

Here’s a course outline for a class called “The Cult of Bebop” that touches on race and jazz.

Here’s a detailed Web site that deals with a previous Library of Congress’ exhibition on civil rights. It also talks about Max Roach’s We Insist–Freedom Now! Meanwhile, this essay by Robert K. McMichael is called “We Insist–Freedom Now!: Black Moral Authority, Jazz, and the Changeable Shape of Whiteness.”

And finally, here’s an essay from JazzTimes by Nat Hentoff on Norman Granz and his fight for equality in jazz.

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