Personally, I have never really known what my role in black history month could be. Over the years I have realized that I could be the person to speak out for – and stand up for – others. I have also realized that I can stand with others. I think it is important to be a voice for others when they feel as though they can’t speak for themselves. I think the best thing we can do is just love one another.

One of the most influential parts of every culture is music, because with music, you can say things in a way that you could have never said them before. Below are three artists who really represent black culture and truly embody soul.

  1. Aretha Franklin
    She began by performing gospel at her church when she was child. Her father was a minister at the church she would sing at. Some of her most well-known songs are “Respect” and “Chain of Fools.” Franklin fought for civil rights and women’s rights and performed at many benefits and protests. She was active form 1956 to 2018.


  1. Louis Armstrong
    Louis Armstrong is probably one of the most well-known jazz musicians to date. He is known mainly for his trumpet and improvisational skills. Some of his most famous works include “Hello, Dolly!” and “What a Wonderful World.” Louis Armstrong was active from 1919 to 1971.


  1. Duke Ellington
    Duke Ellington is another one of the most famous jazz musicians ever. He began at a young age. He grew up around music and both of his parents were pianists. “Racial pride” played a big role in his family because some of his relatives were affected by slavery and they all felt the pain. Some of his most famous songs include “It Don’t Mean a Thing (if it Ain’t Got that Swing)” and “Cocktails for Two.” Duke Ellington was active from 1914 to 1974.


These are only some of the influential black artists who have won many awards and done so much in the way of civil rights. These individuals and many others have paved the way for many to come.