Salisbury University Role of Music in Social Justice Journey Paper

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I’m a black women from Haiti I moved to the United States in 2011 after a major earthquake in Haiti back in 2010 in a USA citizen and I’m a correctional officer at ECI in Maryland

For this assignment, I would like you to think about your social justice journey. This can include what you were taught as a child or teen, your process around realizing/naming your identities, experiences you have had around power, privilege, and/or oppression, times where you have benefited from the oppression of others/times when others have benefited from your oppression, times where you offered allyship or where you wished you had been better at allyship, a time when you felt helpless in the face of injustice, or any other pieces of your journey around social justice.

I would then like you to think about music that relates to/connects to/aligns with these pieces of your journey. Please choose 5 – 7 songs that were or are part of this process. For example, a song sung in your religious institution or community growing up, a song played at a protest, a song playing during a situation when you messed up and said/did the wrong thing, a song in a movie that reaffirmed your identity.

You have some options once you have come up with your songs regarding how to share/turn in your MixTape. You can make a list of the videos on YouTube (or make a mix) and send me the link(s). Please use these links to help you make your playlist on YouTube:

How To Make A Playlist On YouTube

If it is less of the music, and more the lyrics that are relevant for you, please include the lyrics for all of the songs.

Once you have all of your songs in one place, I would also like you to write a bit about each song (1 paragraph per song, including why you chose it, what it means to you, and how this experience has contributed to your social justice journey). Please also include a 1-2 paragraph introducing your Mix Tape, 2-3 paragraphs of where you are in your social justice journey and where you hope to continue to grow (at the end of the song explanations), and a list of Contributors/Acknowledgements (people and/or communities who have support you on this journey).

The MixTapes will be shared with the class (anonymously if you choose – please indicate this in the comments when you submit this assignment); the write up will not be shared unless you choose to share it.


Protest Songs by #MacroSW (playlist)

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