A huge component of meaningful travel is learning about, appreciating, and understanding cultures different from our own. When we encounter people around the world, we have the chance to find out that we are all wonderfully, uniquely different, but also fundamentally the same. All travelers can relate to having their eyes opened and preconceived notions or stereotypes shattered. We even have some cool programs, like Music for Social Change in Uganda , that will help you achieve your own mission for improved intercultural communication around the world! The lessons we learn as meaningful travelers apply not only when we are overseas, but also in our day-to-day lives. This year, the liberty of people in minority and underrepresented groups could be seriously threatened. Over the last few months, we have seen an escalation in divisive dialogue full of hate, with xenophobic, racist, and misogynistic comments and acts making headlines almost daily. In , it is up to all of us to turn the tide. We need to be defenders of equality : to be open-minded toward others, stand up for those more vulnerable than ourselves, and answer hate with love and organized action. Instead, it is time to continue educating, protesting, voting, and fighting for a better future.
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Race and Racism Songs Submit a song! Ar Fol Lo La Ro performed by Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem from the album At Carnegie Hall about the power of music to join people together: "And whether your blood be high land or low, And whether your skin be black or white as the snow, Of reason there's none, and why should there be As long as there's fire in the blood and a light in the eye" The Beauty of Gray performed by Live from the album Mental Jewelry Purchase from Amazon. But that don't help my case. It turns by day, and then by night. The child is black, the child is white.
The tradition of protest songs in the United States is a long one that dates back to the 18th century and colonial period, the American Revolutionary War and its aftermath. In the 19th century, topical subjects for protest in song included abolition, slavery, poverty, and the Civil War among other subjects. In the 20th century civil liberties, civil rights, women's rights, economic injustice, politics and war were among the popular subjects for protest in song. In the 21st century the long tradition continues. Hutchinson Family Singers were one of the protest voices in America at the time. From , the Hutchinson Family Singers became well known for their songs supporting abolition. Much of their music focused on idealism , social reform , equal rights , moral improvement, community activism and patriotism.