At its most powerful, art is transformative. Because of this, art is crucial to the ongoing struggles for civil rights In the United States.
The Civil Rights Movement that occurred in the US in the 1950s and 60s was an effort to transform society. While it achieved a measure of success, aspects of the struggle continue. We see this, for example, in the ways contemporary African American communities are plagued by police brutality and mass incarceration.
History shows us that the lasting transformation of society requires not just new laws and policies, but the transformation of the individuals who make up society. People have to be changed in their minds, hearts, and spirits.