"From listening to this podcast, you will realize that the fight for voting rights often breaks down along racial and partisan lines. Desmond Meade saw that as a problem and set out to change it by channeling our shared sense of humanity and the common good to push for change."
Historian Keisha N. Blain discusses the life and work of Civil Rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. In the discussion, many of the forces Hamer pushed against are still present in our politics today. In her book Until I Am Free, Blain situates Fannie Lou Hamer as a key political thinker alongside leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks and demonstrates how her ideas remain salient for a new generation of activists committed to dismantling systems of oppression in the United States and across the globe.
Given everything else going on in the United States right now, it might seem odd to focus on redistricting. David Daley argues how the lines are drawn could shape the tone of our politics for the next decade.
Launched by Color Of Change PAC, this podcast features real conversations with political leaders about the intersectionality of racial inequality and corporate power hosted by Color Of Change PAC’s spokesperson, Rashad Robinson.
The song, "I have the right to vote!" is a music video that went viral and won the 2021 Telly Awards Bronze Prize in the category "Best Social Impact Video" : https://ihavearight.vote/ . It is used in the theatrical concert production, "Stirring the Waters Across America." It gives a great overview of the fight for the right to vote throughout U.S. history.
"African American spirituals, gospel, and folk music all played an important role in the Civil Rights Movement. Singers and musicians collaborated with ethnomusicologists and song collectors to disseminate songs to activists, both at large meetings and through publications. They sang these songs for multiple purposes: to motivate them through long marches, for psychological strength against harassment and brutality, and sometimes to simply pass the time when waiting for something to happen."
"This blog post provides links to links to "songs from each movement that you can listen to and think about how abolitionists, suffragists, and civil rights activists use music as a form of resistance"
"Ever since Ludwig van Beethoven first declared that “music can change the world,” artists from all walks of life have fought to see these changes take effect. Through their songs, musicians like Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, and countless more have helped provide a voice to those who feel like they don’t have one."