|After Emancipation, groups of newly-freed slaves from black colleges, such as the Fisk Jubilee Singers, took spirituals and other styles on the road to raise awareness of black musical culture and talent.|
In the Twentieth Century, many notable musicians worked for justice and equality, though it didn't always come through in their music. They used their fame to draw attention to important causes and to highlight situations that white Americans may not have known about. The civil rights movement's two famous songs are "We Shall Overcome," and "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing," by James Weldon Johnson & J. Rosamund Johnson. It is considered by many to be the "Black National Anthem."
For CardCat listings of recordings by of some of these musicians, follow the links below:
William Grant Still (composer)
Bernice Johnson Reagon