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Baltimore Stories: New Roles of Music in Protest Movement Narratives

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June 25, 2016

Songs are a type of narrative and songs have helped to carry narratives into the public discourse of protest. Are songs still important to protest movements? Music has played a central role in the US protest movements for centuries but not recently. In what has become an unusual occurrence, the artist Prince released a new song, "Baltimore," in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray. In the early days of the Baltimore protest, music had a muted role but was used much more often and more strategically in response to the later violence.

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  • Multicultural
  • Music


Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Center
847 N. Howard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
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