Respect: Soul Music and the Civil Rights Movement

Presented by:
John Capouya
In-person Presentation Needs:
Projector, Sound System, Microphone
Presentation Length:
50 Minutes

Program Details

Gospel and folk music were important in the struggle for equality, but soul music also inspired and united Americans. Soul artists like Aretha Franklin and Florida’s own Sam and Dave and Timmy Thomas supported Dr. Martin Luther King directly, and their music and messages, along with Sam Cooke and Curtis Mayfield, became anthems of the movement. John Capouya, the author of the award-winning book Florida Soul, tells this important story in words, images, and stirring soul music from the 1960s and 1970s.

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About John

John Capouya is the author of three nonfiction books. His latest work, Florida Soul, traces the evolution of R&B and funk in the Sunshine State and received the Best General Interest award from the Florida Historical Society. Professor Capouya recently retired from the University of Tampa, where he taught journalism and other nonfiction writing for the graduate MFA program. He currently works with private writing clients.

Contact Information and Details:

  • Phone: 917-734-1883
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