Students today are more connected and informed than any other generation in history. Through their smartphones, computers, social media outlets, infotainment shows, and music videos, they are exposed to topics such as: Racism, gender equality, genocide, terrorism, police shootings, immigration and more. It’s nearly impossible to hide this information from them today. So how are students dealing with this information? Do they understand it? Are they afraid to ask questions or talk to their classmates? This is why we developed our curriculum, “Voice Your Soul” with creative and engaging real-world teaching tools, to help students facilitate comprehension on current social justice issues, and voice their feelings in a safe environment.
The Power of Music
Through our absorbing program, “Voice your Soul,” students examine legendary socially conscious music from the sixties and seventies together with video clips connected to the political and social conditions of the era. Protest music was a powerful cultural, social and economic force in the 1960's; the lyrics offered a rich account of the people and events of the time, and the sacrifices that young African American's made for freedom. Sixties music carried over into the early part of the seventies, with soul music taking over from folk music as one of the strongest voices of protest in American music.
MeMA’s pedagogical approach presents questions, in a safe environment, to stimulate students’ dialogue about past and contemporary issues, while respecting students perspectives and values. Our program teaches students to examine the fundamental questions of economic and social inequalities, moral values, civic rights & duties and, the quest for peace. Furthermore, learning about the significantly important role youth played in the movements for social change during the 1960’s, students will recognize that there was a time when young people had a strong sense of purpose in life and their voices were heard.