Folk Music

Folk Music Thesis Folk is important because it inspired change during the Civil Rights Movement and united Americans of all races under one cause. History Folk music incorporates instruments such as the banjo, the djembe, and elements of the patting juba to create music. When you google pictures of banjo players you only see white […]

Empathic Imagination: The Foundation of Folk Music

Empathic Imagination: The foundation of Folk Music By Zahriyah Denson       Folk music as a genre has a long standing history inside the United States. The songs within this genre were originally negro spirituals that were sung by slaves detailing their struggles or life situations. This provided a common comfort to all those who […]

The Voice of The Civil Rights Movement

The Voice Behind the Civil Rights Movement Who is Odetta Holmes? Odetta Holmes, born December 31, 1930, was an American Folk Singer who was noted especially for her versions of spirituals and who became for many the voice of the civil rights movement of the early 1960s. Though she had heard the music of the Deep […]

Odetta: The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement

More on Odetta Odetta Holmes, better known monogamously as Odetta was a American folk and blues singer born on December 31, 1930 in Birmingham, Alabama. After her father died in 1937, she and her mother Flora moved to Los Angeles where she was discovered to be particularly talented at singing and began operatic training at […]

Odetta: The Voice of Folk

Written by: Imani Diggs “The better we feel about ourselves,  the fewer times we have to knock someone else down to feel taller.” -Odetta Early Life Ms. Odetta grew up in Birmingham, Alabama during the era of the Great Depression. Despite the times, her community found the joy in life despite their conditions. She speaks […]