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Lloyd H. Miller, founder of the critically-acclaimed educational rock band the Deedle Deedle Dees, leads an interactive sing-a-long concert of songs drawn from the history of social justice in the United States. This program is a musical tour of significant people and moments from our nation's activist history highlighting the abolitionist movement, the efforts for workers' rights during the rise of industry and factory production, the fight for the right of women to vote, the Civil Rights movements of 50s and 60s, migrant workers' rights movements, and immigrant rights crusades. Including classic uplifting songs like "This Little Light of Mine," "We Shall Not Moved," and "We Shall Overcome" as well as many of Lloyd H. Miller's original songs inspired by true stories, SONGS OF SOCIAL JUSTICE is a lively way for your students to explore important milestones in the history social justice. Reading lists, lyric sheets, audio recordings, videos, and other supplemental materials available as prep and follow-up materials.

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45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8

Minimum participants:

no minimum

Maximum participants:

no maximum, but for optimum interactivity we suggest no more than a 35-student class (this program can be done for a much larger audience, though: in a community room or auditorium, for example)

Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Performing Arts, Leadership

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)

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24 hours in advance (48 hours in advance if possible)

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Musician / Teaching Artist / Songwriter Lloyd H. Miller

Brooklyn , NY
United States

Interactive musical programs for kids and adults. Music & movement for the youngest audiences, curriculum-based programs featuring songs inspired by history, science, folklore, and literature for elementary through high school, fun sing-a-longs for any age featuring classic / traditional songs + lively originals, fun explorations of history via song for older kids and adults, collaborative songwriting workshops for a wide variety of audiences. 

Lloyd H. Miller

Program Details


1. Lloyd will begin with his original song, "I'm Gonna Light Up the World," a song about how we can all share our light with those around us, then move directly into an interactive performance of "This Little Light of Mine." Lloyd will give a brief intro of this song's history -- with its beginnings in gospel and folk and later life as a standard of the Civil Rights movement -- as an intro to the program and starter example of how to analyze a song as narrative.
2. Lloyd will take students on a musical tour of the history of social justice in America, exploring abolitionism, factory worker rights crusades, the fight for the right of women of vote, the Civil Rights movements of the 50s and 60s, efforts for migrant worker rights, and battles for immigrant rights via classic and original songs.
3. Lloyd will introduce the instruments he's playing throughout the program (which may include acoustic and electric guitar, ukulele, banjo, upright bass, harmonica, kazoo, and hand drum) and explain the role these instruments played in the history of social justice songs.
4. Students will be encouraged to participate in call-and-response singing, sing-a-long choruses, and clapping and other rhythmic accompaniment.
5. Before the final song, Lloyd will leave a brief period for questions and answers.


The participant will:
- explore significant people and events in the history of social justice in America
- examine the role of P.O.V. in narrative songs -- and in the telling of history in general
- engage in call-and-response, chorus singing, and rhythmic accompaniment drawn from the methods used by people in social justice movements when they employed song
- compare different genres rooted in a variety of American traditions including R&B, folk music, gospel, rock-n-roll, and traditional Mexican music --- all of which are inseparable from the cultures from which they grew

Standards Alignment

National Standards

ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.10 -- Reading Literacy in History/Social Studies: Reading Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.4 -- Reading Literacy in History/Social Studies: Reading Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.5 -- Reading Literacy in History/Social Studies: Reading Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.6 -- Reading Literacy in History/Social Studies: Reading Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.8 -- Reading Literacy in History/Social Studies: Reading Informational Text