Social Justice in the Roaring 20s

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Social Justice in the Roaring 20s

The Savoy was the first of its kind to welcome both whites and blacks, but it was met with some dificulty. In fact, caucasian cops stood outside the club to discourage caucasian patrons from entering. The club goers were united by one thing: swing. They fought the war on racism with music and dance, and thats what kept the doors open for over 30 years. (Paraphrased from

The Savoy was a place that people could come to dance and congregate no matter their race or social standing. Everyone was welcome at the Savoy, if you could get in. It was one of the most popular dance clubs from the late 1920s until it closed in the 1950s. No wonder it was called the "Home of Happy Feet."

There was another club that was open at the same time as the Savoy. It was called the Cotton Club. Unlike the Savoy, it was not open to african-americans. This was a very common practice of this time. Racial tensions were very high and inter-racial clubs such as the Savoy broke so many social norms. The tension still existed in the world outside of the club.

Inter-racial Dance

Racism and Dance Clubs

Social Justice in the Roaring 20s

Dance (Swing) brought people together, no matter what their race or social standing and continues to do so to this day. Swing is still prevalent in today's culture and people young and old, white and black, male and femal alike come out to enjoy the music.

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