Introduction and Thesis

Music Speaks Louder Than Words: 

Max Roach and Racial Injustice

"I will never again play anything that does not have social significance ... Now what we have to do is employ our skill to tell the dramatic story of our people and what we've been through."

(Max Roach)

                                                 Max Roach                                                                                                                    Abbey Lincoln                                                                                                                         Max Roach

Thesis Statement:

Max Roach, a pioneer of bebop jazz and modern percussion, was an advocate for civil rights in the 1960's through his "We Insist!" album, which communicated the injustices facing African-Americans and the chilling history of racism across the globe. This proved to be a driving force within the Black community, imparting the idea that music can overcome racial bias and injustice.

Iris Danielson and Morgan Ely

Student Composed Words: 1200

Multimedia: 2:56

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