The power of music in protest

Peaceful marches and rallies in Minneapolis
Native Lives Matter protesters perform in a drum circle as they arrive at the George Floyd memorial site on Chicago Avenue and East 38th Street in Minneapolis on Sunday afternoon, June 7. The group traveled in a caravan from north Minneapolis to honor Floyd.
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Music is a powerful force in this world. It’s one way we express our feelings and perceptions of the world around us. It also plays a definitive role in times of protest and unrest. Take, for example, songs like “We Shall Overcome” and the Civil Rights Movement; “Fortunate Son” and the Vietnam War; and Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” and the Black Lives Matter movement.

On Friday MPR News host Kerri Miller lead a conversation about the ways in which music becomes the soundtrack of resistance and a catalyst for changing minds. 


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