Dasia Byrd 11/1/21
Survey of African American Music
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The summer of soul showed celebrated black history in 1869. In the course of 6 weeks during summer in Harlem the Harlem Cultural festival took place.  At the festival they celebrated black excellence, musicians, culture, and history. Harlem, New York was a place for the black community to come together and feel safe. During the festival many genres were performed like gospel, funk, soul, jazz, and blues. It gave a chance for audience to listen many artists and broad range of music. Featured icons include The 5th Dimension, Stevie Wonder, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, and much more.

The 5th Dimension

The 5th Dimension was a popular musical group that performed at the festival. There genre of music is more of pop, R&B, soul, jazz, light opera and Broadway. The artists consist of Florence LaRue, Patrice Morris, Leonard Tucker, Floyd Smith, Willie Williams.

The 60s was a revolutionary time for Black people. All throughout America black people were going through civil rights and basic human rights. We now see many videos and photos showing the history.

The Harlem Cultural Festival was big and had a huge impact on black people and even people of Harlem. This Festival is now making an upbringing recently. The impact is still big just like it happened recently. Many felt the experience like they were there the first time. The festival did not receive adequate exposure until about 50 years later because Woodstock which was another huge festival but was primarily white which took place the same time as the Harlem music Festival. The movie helped show how the black community, culture, history, and more can come together and still celebrate the race.

Summer of soul landmarked live performances, showed culture and a celebration of black life. It was showcased in 1969 which featured many stars from soul, R&B, blues and jazz. They called it the Black Woodstock. It is a breathtaking chronicle of Black culture in a pivotal moment.