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

Thesis Statement:

Max Roach, a pioneer of bebop jazz and modern percussion, stood as an advocate for civil rights in the 1960s by creating music that commmunicated the injustices facing African-Americans, and the chilling history of racism in America. Not only was Roach greatly influential in the jazz world, but his "We Insist!" album proved to be a key driving force within the black community, imparting the idea that music can overcome racial bias and injustice.

Iris Danielson and Morgan Ely

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Senior Division 

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