The music I’m compiling here is taken from all of the courses I teach, and is all music that I have argued matters to our understanding of the history. This is, after all, a small compilation of music that mattered in the confines (Ta-Nehisi Coates would call it a jail, right?) of our twentieth century history classroom, but my hope was always that it reflected themes that had mattered in the twentieth century. Please, please, add more–use the reply function below!
“King Alfred Plan,” Gil Scott-Heron, 1972
“Electric Pow wow Drum,” A Tribe Called Red, 2012
“Uja” and “Umingmak,” Tanya Tagaq, Live performance at the Polaris Music Prize Gala (she was the winner), 2014.
“i,” Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly, 2015
“Formation,” Beyonce, 2016