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What was the impact of the Civil Rights Movement on black radio?

During the 1960s and 1970s, black radio both influenced— and was influenced by—the Civil Rights Movement. Jack the Rapper Gibson became one of the first to broadcast the social activists of this period, as well as Motown and hip-hop music, from WERD in Atlanta. Along with other black radio hosts, Gibson kept the black community apprised of daily events during the movement and also helped to coordinate various protests and demonstrations. Radio hosts also broadcast protest songs and helped restore calm during race riots in the black community.


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