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Music and social activism

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Music inspires us in in so many ways and has moved millions of people to pitch in and help in times of trouble. More than 50 years ago, artists were putting their careers and their lives on the line in the fight for civil rights. Actor and singer Harry Belafonte organized the musicians for the historic march on Washington. Sammy Davis Jr. helped fund the Civil Rights movement.

Less than a decade later, strong sentiments against the Vietnam War led to the massive peace and music festival known as Woodstock.

Jimi Hendrix, the Who, the Grateful Dead, and many more played to a crowd of more than half a million people on a small farm in Sullivan County, N.Y.

Today, many artists steer clear of political issues, but that doesn't mean they don't care.

Rob Markman, senior hip hop editor for MTV news, talked about how artists of today get involved in their own causes. He says artists are socially aware and are active but those efforts are more fragmented. He says the importance of social media in artists' careers and their relationship with their fans has paved the way for more individualized efforts.

 

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