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The Journey to Jazz and Human Rights: Episode 2 - Economic Rights

The Journey to Jazz and Human Rights is a documentary look at how the music, and the men and women who made the music, laid claim to human rights around the world.

Part 2: Economic Rights

In 1910, most African-Americans live in the south. But economic hard times push them north, to find work. And jazz follows. The problem is the marketplace wants a different kind of music: jazz for white, middle-class Americans — that is, until they hear the real thing. In Part 2 of The Journey to Jazz and Human Rights, a look at how jazz musicians fought for the right to earn a living in times of racial inequality.

Funding for this series was provided by Maytree, which is committed to advancing systemic solutions to poverty and strengthening civic communities by taking a human rights approach.

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