The root of folk music truly comes from the Black community and the tale of the struggles, empowerment, and human rights that have been faced throughout the centuries. Although is has been deemed that the origin of Folk was the white man, the true influencers on Folk music were our people.
The evolution of Folk Music begins mainly in the late 1800’s- stemming from one of the multiple occupation African Americans had at the time. The average man/woman would sing about their “freedom” while simultaneously reminding the crowd of the shackles that were still worn in some aspects of life. The job entailed touring with groups like entertainments troupes and medicine shows. This genre was discovered as Blues but now known as Folk Blues today.
Civil Rights Songs in Folk Music