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Introduction

Very talented African American musicians have been a part of America since slavery. Their culture has influenced music greatly. However, they were not always able to express themselves and share their music with the general population. From the beginnings of jazz, to the modern day record industry, black musicians have been discriminated against. Not only was there prejudice against them, but that prejudice caused them trouble with finding jobs and making money. African American musicians weren't treated with the respect they deserved, and often did receive the credit or money that was owed to them. Thanks to the Civil Rights movement, laws were made to protect there rights. Many of the black musicians played big parts in the fight for Civil Rights. It's come a long way, but even now, in the record industry, too small of a percentage of business positions are held by African Americans. Things are much better than they used to be, but they're still not perfect. The best way to help make things better is simply to be educated in the topic. That is one way this site can help.

Table of Contents

Jazz
Rock n' Roll
People
How Musicians Fought Against Racism
Duke Ellington
Marian Anderson
Racism in the Record Industry
Bibliographies