Sandra Bland was an outspoken civil rights activist critical of police brutality. While black artists complained about these issues for decades, it is only when the tradition of white misappropriation of black musical innovation is threatened that the system comes under thunderous scrutiny.
She often posted videos in which she talked about important civil rights issues, and once stated: “I’m here to change history. Further, a narrow interpretation of lead sheets is inappropriate.
If we want a change we can really truly make it happen.” To read more articles by Henry A. Like many composers in modern pop music genres, Gaye did not read or write European music notation.
Giroux and other authors in the Public Intellectual Project, click here. Instead, he composed the song in the studio, directing performances and the recording.
Sandra Bland’s family and friends believe that foul play was involved in her death, and rightly so. Their belief is bolstered by the fact that the head sheriff of Waller County, Glenn Smith, who made the first public comments about Bland’s in-custody death, was suspended for documented cases of racism when he was chief of police in Hempstead, Texas, in 2007. Afterward, as frequently happened in these cases, someone from the record label or music publisher fluent in music notation created the lead sheet, writing down only the lead melody, lyrics, names of chords and, thankfully, at least the key bass riff.