Teach PA History
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A New ‘Twist" on Race Relations

1. Read "Sparking A Rock ‘N’ Roll Revolution; An Interview With Dick Clark." How does Clark highlight Philadelphia's contribution to rock and roll? Further, how does he explain the city's role in initiating racial integration via American Bandstand? Research how other music shows promoted minority performers to large white audiences (ex: Ed Sullivan, Your Hit Parade, Saturday Night Live, Total Request Live (TRL)/MTV). 2. Watch Remember The Titans and list the rock and roll songs played during the movie. How do the songs reflect the political and social atmosphere of the 1960s, especially the issue of school desegregation? 3. Create a resume of one musical artist who appeared on American Bandstand while the show aired nationally out of Philadelphia (1957-1964). Did the show launch his or her career? Indicate Top 40 hits, record sales, number of albums released, Grammies/American Music Awards, etc. Was the performer inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Are they still alive, and if so, do they continue to perform? 4. Compose a biographical sketch of other influential African American music artists or groups (besides Chubby Checker). Possibilities include but are not limited to: Fats Domino, Little Richard, Joe Turner, Ruth Brown, LaVern Baker, Chuck Willis, The Coasters, The Drifters, The Platters, Ray Charles, Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, and Little Willie John.

Field Trips

African American Museum in Philadelphia 701 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 (215) 574-0380
This museum offers exhibits, performances, workshops and seminars aimed at preserving the history and culture of African Americans in the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley regions. Field trips could be scheduled Tuesday through Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm. Admission: Adults $6; Children under 12, students with I.D., the disabled, and seniors $4.

Afro-American Music Institute 7131 Hamilton Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15208 (412) 241-6775
The Institute coordinates events and performances that showcase African American music heritage. It also offers instruction in jazz, gospel, and other areas. Check the AAMI News link on the website to view events and acquire contact information for performances.

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