What Is The Role Of Music In Protests : Consider This from NPR It may be too soon to crown the "song of the summer". NPR Music's Stephen Thompson says there's no one quality that the songs that carry that title have... it's a collective feeling, a shared vibe.

For so many Americans on this July 4th, songs of the summer and songs of protest feel one and the same.

NPR's Ann Powers is a music critic, and Shana Redmond is a professor at Columbia University, and the author of "Anthem: Social Movements And The Sound Of Solidarity In The African Diaspora." They explain the role of protest music in this moment.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

Songs Of The Summer In A Time Of Protest

Songs Of The Summer In A Time Of Protest

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Protestors play music and sing during a rally in response to the death of George Floyd in 2020. Music and protest have long gone hand in hand, and the political outrage of recent years is finding expression in song. Ricardo Arduengo/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Protestors play music and sing during a rally in response to the death of George Floyd in 2020. Music and protest have long gone hand in hand, and the political outrage of recent years is finding expression in song.

Ricardo Arduengo/AFP via Getty Images

It may be too soon to crown the "song of the summer". NPR Music's Stephen Thompson says there's no one quality that the songs that carry that title have... it's a collective feeling, a shared vibe.

For so many Americans on this July 4th, songs of the summer and songs of protest feel one and the same.

NPR's Ann Powers is a music critic, and Shana Redmond is a professor at Columbia University, and the author of "Anthem: Social Movements And The Sound Of Solidarity In The African Diaspora." They explain the role of protest music in this moment.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Mia Venkat and Noah Caldwell. It was edited by Jonaki Mehta and Sami Yenigun. Additional reporting from Stephen Thompson. Our executive producer is Sami Yenigun.