As Peel Arts Collective’s event “Here Come the Sun” approaches, we have begun sharing prominent moments that took place in the decade spanning 1960 – 1969. This list was compiled and written by Amber Victoria Lee and edited by Paul Edward Costa.
Check back each week for new additions to the list.
#1 The Beatles
Formed in 1960, The Beatles became one of the biggest musical acts of all time, but they only remained officially active as a band until 1970. After a few initial hit singles, Beatlemania began in 1963 with their first full length album, “Please, Please Me”. By 1966, with the release of “Rubber Soul” and “Revolver”, The Beatles solidified their place in 1960’s counter culture. They influenced hundreds of acts that would help shape the decade to come. Rolling Stone described them as “defining and incarnating ’60s style: smart, idealistic, playful, irreverent, and eclectic”.
#2 “I Have a Dream” | Civil Rights Act
On August 28th, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a public speech widely known as “I Have a Dream” to 250,000 civils right activists during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. King’s speech called for the end of racism in the United States, stating “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” On July 2, 1964, the United States passed the Civil Rights Act, outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion or sex. Unfortunately, that did not stop the assassination of prominent black leaders during the decade, including both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr himself.