Civil Rights Movement and the hip-hop culture

Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. | 2/24/2014, 5:34 a.m.

The truth is that there is an inextricable connection between the Civil Rights Movement and hip-hop. In fact, I would offer that the civil rights generation gave birth to the hip-hop generation. Yes, there are differences in perspectives and what the focus of the generational “conscience” might be focused upon. Our long struggle for freedom, justice and equality cannot afford to reach a place when one generation, for whatever may be the perceived reason, cannot and will not speak to each other with a sense of dignity, understanding and mutual respect.

This is a subject that requires a deeper analysis and over the next several weeks, I intend to present and reflect on these issues for the sake of clarity and hopefully to promote a better understanding and appreciation by all who want to contribute to helping everyone in our families and communities improve the quality of life. I am an optimist. We do not have time for hopelessness, pessimism or cynicism. I thank God for both the Civil Rights Movement and for hip-hop. Now let’s all work together and help make the world a better place for all people.

Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. is president of Education Online Services Corporation and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network and can be reached for lectures or other consultations at: http://www.drbenjaminfchavisjr.wix.com/drbfc.