How Elvis Presley Brought Racial Equality

analytical Essay
624 words
624 words

Like Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” In the 1950’s the South was heavily racially segregated. Elvis Presley unintentionally put himself in the position to become a valuable instrument in the battle against segregation. “Without casting himself as a fighter for racial equality, Elvis became a subversive standard bearer for cultural desegregation at a time when the codified racism of the South was under increasing pressure.” How did an uneducated white hillbilly from the south influence both black and white teenagers against segregation? It was quite simple, for Elvis Presley had a unique talent of combining traditional black music; such as the blues and jazz, with the traditional white music; like country and white gospel. This unique style of blending different types of music, gave Elvis the edge on the musical racial barriers America was facing; and open the path for both sides to enjoy the music together and therefore desegregated.
Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi to Vernon and...

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how elvis presley unintentionally became a valuable instrument in the battle against segregation. his unique talent of blending different types of music gave him the edge on the musical racial barriers america was facing.
  • Explains that elvis presley was born on january 8, 1935 in tupelo, mississippi, to vernon and gladys presley. he learned to play the guitar from family members and sang regularly with his parents at first assembly of god church.
  • Analyzes how elvis' "walk a mile in my shoes" tells listeners to try viewing people by their experiences and not what they may believe to be right or wrong.
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