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March on Washington set the standard for songs of protest

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Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013 4:30 am

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom 50 years ago was not only a galvanizing moment for African-Americans and civil rights. It was also a watershed moment in popular music.

Before that hot summer day, pop music was mostly about a catchy tune and a memorable lyric. Since then, it became commonplace for songs with a social message to race up the sales charts. The Beatles and James Brown did it in the ’60s, and urban rappers, country singers and alternative-rock bands continue speaking out today.

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