Freedom Songs: Teaching Social Change through U.S. and Global Protest Music

3-Part Seminar Series

Focal Skills and Dispositions

Developing Cross-Cultural Sensitivity; Textual Analysis and Interpretation; Analyzing Points of View and Purpose


15 PDPs; 1 graduate credit ($160)


Partnership educators: no cost
Non-partnership educators: $500 (plus $160 for one graduate credit)

Especially for educators of grades 9-12.

On the social and political importance of music, Martin Luther King, Jr. noted, “The freedom songs are playing a strong and vital role in our struggle.” Music is often a clarion call for social change and recent global history is full of soundscapes of defiance and hope. Freedom songs represent the intersection of politics and art and are an entry point for studying a range of civic and historical issues such as anti-racism, decolonization, anti-corruption, and anti-war movements. Lyrics have the power of shaping social messages and galvanizing grassroots participation. This virtual seminar consists of asynchronous sessions and three webinars. Throughout the series, music will be an entry point into studying U.S. and global protest movements, focusing on a range of African American genres and musical movements across the African continent and Latin American. The seminar provides an interdisciplinary approach to teaching art, music, history, and civics.

Registration Information

Partnership Educators:

Registration must be approved through your school district. Contact your school district’s Primary Source representative with your request.

Non-partnership Educators:

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