Category: 1960s

Rainbow after the Storm in Detroit

Rainbow after the Storm in Detroit Starting in 1910, many African Americans left the south and moved into northern states like Detroit. Although they were trying to run away from the racist south, they were

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Duke Ellington at Carnegie Hall

By Abiodun Scott​ With prominence on his side, jazz musical Duke Ellington took his notoriety to another level following his performance at Carnegie Hall. On January 23, 1943, he debuted his jazz symphony Black, Brown,

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Record Row: Who Knew?

Record Row: Who Knew? Amaia Calhoun Ten blocks of Michigan Avenue between Roosevelt and Cermak…in the 1950s to early 1970s these 10 blocks on the South Side of Chicago provided a venue for talented African

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The BLUEprint

Early Blues The blues genre of music originated in the South specifically after the Civil War.  It took place in cities like Atlanta, Memphis, and in Detroit. Chicago played the greatest role in the creation

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The Golden Gate Quartet

The most popular of the Jubilee Quartets were the Golden Quartets. This group formed in the mid-30’s and started in Booker T. Washington High School located in Norfolk, Virginia. This group was made up of

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The Motown Sound

This legendary label was started in 1959 by Berry Gordy with an $800 loan in Detroit Michigan.  He got the name from the nick name the city was give Motor City. He did everything possible

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Get Black with James Brown

Months after King’s assassination, James Brown released “I’m Black and I’m Proud” as an ode to his black community. During the 1960s, where blacks were fighting and chasing after civil rights, this song for the

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Albums and Activism

The central theme of What’s Going On and the album of the same name had the inspiration of Marvin Gaye’s life. When his brother had returned from Vietnam, Gaye had put himself in his brother’s

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