Class Overview

Sounds of Social Change: Popular Music and the Civil Rights Struggle - Continuing Education at Seattle Central CollegeImmerse yourself in the Freedom Songs that emerged from, inspired and reflected on the Civil Rights Movement. Explore the relationship between the Freedom Songs and popular music, in the historic context of the 1960s.

In this class, we will be looking at the origins of specific songs as well as thinking about sound and how it can change our conditions. Using music as a primary historical source, we will trace the social movements that continue to resonate today. Examine, interpret and experience the power of music on a societal and an individual level. Enjoy a creative, engaging and empowering exploration of the art of our times through discussions, media and lecture.

There will be no homework! Students will be invited to dig deeper outside of class and bring in interesting resources to share with the class. 

Take away a deeper understating of the role of music in society and become more aware of how music is used as a social and political force.

This course is part of our Senior Series, courses designed for older students offered during the daytime on diverse topics, though students of all ages are welcome.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain an understanding of the history, development and relationship of the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Liberation Movement and the counterculture
  • Become familiar with Civil Rights activists in song and interviews
  • Develop more awareness about music, who makes it, and what it means in the context of social change'
  • Lead to a deeper understanding of the power of art on our emotions, our thoughts, and our social understanding

Who Should Take This Class?

  • People wanting to explore the songs and music of the civil rights movement and the counterculture of the 60s
  • Anyone who is interested in social change and the history of social movements
  • Music lovers interested in music history
  • People seeking new perspectives, exposure to diverse media and mental stimulation

Session Details

  • Instructor: Octavio Carrasco
  • Where: Online: Real-time and interactive through videoconferencing
  • Fee: $59