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History: ‘Songs – a Weapon in the Battle’: Music in the Civil Rights Movement – A Taste of History With Dr Steve Thompson From Aberystwyth University

March 9 @ 14:15 - 15:00



We are delighted to present the Taste Of series from Aberystwyth University which showcases different subject disciplines. Students will be engaged in a lively interactive discussion that provides enrichment of their current studies whilst bringing to life the wealth of academic possibilities available at university.

In ‘Songs – a Weapon in the Battle’: Music in the Civil Rights Movement, Dr Steve Thompson, Senior Lecturer from the Department of History & Welsh History, will consider the use of songs in the African-American civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

The session will examine the particular ways in which songs were used in protest marches and demonstrations, and will, in addition, give consideration to popular and commercial songs as a medium that reflected and communicated the aims and ideals of the movement.

The session will end with a reflection on more recent uses of songs in the Black freedom struggle and specifically in the Black Lives Matter movement.


For further details about this great series and to see other Taste Of events on offer, please click below:




Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Steve Thompson

Suitable for: Year 11 to Year 13 students (and equivalent) studying or with an interest in studying History, Politics or Music, or related subjects.

Preparation or Pre-Reading: There is no formal preparation or pre-reading but participants may like to consider in advance some questions relevant to the subject area.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges.  If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:



March 9
14:15 - 15:00
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