Review of Lift Every Voice

Lift Every Voice: Marian Anderson, Florence B. Price And The Sound Of Black Sisterhood is an article by Alisha Lola Jones that discusses black women and their tendency to lift their own voices as well as the voices of others in statements of civil rights and womanism.  Marian Anderson was a contralto from Philadelphia that dedicated her life to uplifting the voices of black women through the lens of concert performances.  She consistently challenged segregated spaces and even brought Negro Spirituals to the mainstage such as “My Soul Is Anchored in the Lord” by Florence B. Price.

Talented singers like Anderson and Price were important because they worked with a political agenda: Jones refers to it as critical patriotism. Anderson and Price’s works were supported by organizations such as the NAACP and the National Association for Negro Musicians, broadening their scope. Anderson and Price’s place in the musical world was a statement itself: declaring to the world that black women could be just as powerful and their voices could be just as smooth as white women’s voices. During the women’s suffrage movement in particular, black women musicians used their talents to advocate for black women’s’ equality and validate the black woman’s identity.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
devinwright3

devinwright3

All in Good Ragtime

All in Good Ragtime! Previous Next What is Ragtime music is a secular genre of music that came to fruition between 1896 and 1920 but

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Read More »

Musical Theater

Musical Theater  5/5 Black Musical Theater: What is it? Black Musical Theater is dramatic movement composed of plays written by, for, and about African

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Read More »

Aaliyah

Aaliyah Methodology Summary and Abstract Early Life Career Artistry Personal Life Death Bibliography Other Works by the Author

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Read More »

Disco

Disco Characterizing Elements This page is This page is This page is This page is This page is This page is

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Read More »

The Blues: Songs of Sorrow

The Blues: Songs of Sorrow Where Did The Blues Originate? The blues originated from work songs, often coming from working class blacks trying to pass

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Read More »

Getting Jazzy

Getting Jazzy: Fusion Jazz Sans le jazz, la vie serait une erreur. Boris Vian What is Jazz? 1969-1990 What is Fusion Jazz? To fuse means

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Read More »

Negro Spirituals

Negro Spirituals Previous Next What are Negro Spirituals are a genre of folk songs that originated during slavery dating back to 1865. Negro spirituals were

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Read More »