Disco and the Civil Rights Movement
As a predecessor to modern pop music and dance music, disco can sometimes be a forgotten genre; however it was not able to only serve as those things, but also as something progressive and liberating too. It “welcomed people from all walks of life with equal enthusiasm, whether gay, straight, white, black, female, or male” (Indie Music Discovery).
Emerging in the 1970s in New York City and Philadelphia, Disco was a genre which encouraged love and peace and also celebrated it as well. Although the Civil Rights Movement was over by the time Disco hit the airs, it still held a significance in the Black Power music. This movement aimed to “empower African Americans and help them to gain a sense of pride and cultural identity; disco music became one of the ways in which African Americans chose to exercise this” (Indie Music Discovery). In fact Sylvester was important in the Civil Rights and Disco Movement. He was an openly gay black man who through his music was able to show everything disco was about.
Although Disco music is not made anymore, it still plays a very significant part in history. It shows a time of people trying to come together through music.