A Musical Review

This Musical Review will familiarize students with songs written during the civil rights error that were therapudic, inspiring and motivational. 


1.LD-O.6. Recite poems, rhymes, songs, and stories, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

1.M.1. Identify techniques used in television to present commercials and other information (animation, close-ups, sound effects, music, graphics).


1. Lift Every Voice and Sing, Kim Westin- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUhtBoGd1nE

sometimes referred to as "The Negro National Hymn" or "The African-American National Anthem"— is a song written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938) in 1899 and set to music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson (1873–1954) in 1900.

2. Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23eosgpDib0

"Say It Loud – I'm Black and I'm Proud" was written and recorded by James Brown, 1968. It was released as a two-part single which held the number-one spot on the R &B Singles chart for six weeks, and peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hit 100. Both parts of the single were later included on James Brown's 1968 album A Soulful Christmas and on his 1969 album sharing the title of the song. The song became an unofficial anthem of the Black Power movement.

3. To Be Young Gifted and Black-1970 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3OIfuVpocU

This song is performed by Nina Simone and written by Weldon Irvine. It was written in memory of Simone's late friend Lorraine Hansberry who wrote the play Raisin In The Sun. The song was originally recorded by Simone for her 1970 album Black Gold.It became a Top Ten R&B hit and a Civil Rights anthem.

Warm Up

Have students complete a T Chart of at least three songs they know and remember and on the other side, make a list of meaningful vocabulary used in each song. Discuss why some of the language has value to them.  

New Material

Youtube videos


1. Students will listen to each song and create a list of familiar vocabulary used in the lyrics and discuss the relevance of using certain language when writing a song.

2. Turn and talk to discuss ...Does the rhythm and beat of a song help you remember the words?

3. Tell why you think the song is important for you, your family and your community.

4. Share out


Identify two or more motivational songs from the civil rights error. 

Closure and Reflection

Reflect on the purpose of these songs as they relate to the Civil Rights Movement.