Jews, Music, and the Civil Rights Movement

Music has tremendous power to inspire and bring people together—in both good times and challenging ones. In preparation for Black History Month and Martin Luther King Day, we learned about the role that music plays in inspiring activism and building community. We also discussed how music helped bring together the many diverse groups involved in the Civil Rights Movement. The session also included a brief crash course in protest song writing from Henry Neuwirth, Community Organizer at the Merrimack Valley Project.

Session Recording

View the recording to find out how music was used during the Civil Rights Movement and to watch model activities.

Session Materials and Handouts

Lesson Links

Related Resources from the Jewish Women’s Archive

Music and the Civil Rights Movement Elsewhere on the Web

Heather Booth.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Jews, Music, and the Civil Rights Movement." (Viewed on December 6, 2023) <>.


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