Black Power is a political slogan that derives from ideologies and concepts related to the African American Civil Rights Movement, and the fight against segregation and for equality in the United States. The highest peak of black power was probably during the 60s and early 70s, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s figure rose to prominence as a human rights defender and activist, thanks to the battle he, his entourage and thousands of followers raged against the American white status quo and the racial segregation laws in the country.
Music, of course, was also a big part of this movement, and it is also thanks to countless of public figures, artists and musicians that the African American Civil Rights Movement got plenty of attention in the media and around the world. For example, soul, funk, gospel, blues and R&B artists such as Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Mahalia Jackson, members of Tower of Power, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, among many others, helped spread the message of black power and quality and inspired many to get behind the cause and together, raise their voices and take a stand against injustice. Martin Luther King Jr. once said that an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
So, as mentioned before, soul music, funk, R&B and black music in general played a major role in racial integration, given that this music did not only reach the ears of the black community, but of all kinds of ethnicities, who also enjoyed the sound of sweet soul music. Some of the most popular labels at the time that promoted this kind of music and artists in the country were Stax Records, Motown and Atlantic Records, who signed African American musicians almost exclusively for a number of years, and was also owned by African Americans. Get your t-shirt with the logos or images of Stax, Motown, Atlantic Records and all the artists mentioned above today!