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Educator shows his students how musicians expressed themselves during times of protest

Freddy Gonzalez, also known as Freddy Fuego.

The act of protesting can unfold in a variety of ways, and protesting through music is certainly one of them. Freddy Gonzalez, whose stage name is Freddy Fuego, is a local composer and musician. He's also an educator at Seattle's Northwest School, teaching music to students in grades 6-12.

As the school year wrapped up, and protests for racial justice took hold of the country, he wanted to offer his students some background and history of protest music — how a horn or a lyric can be a powerful voice, and let them know they can express themselves through their instruments. Click above to listen to a conversation with Freddy Gonzalez.

Kevin Kniestedt is a journalist, host and producer who began his career at KNKX in 2003. Over his 17 years with the station, he worked as a full time jazz host, a news host and produced the weekly show Sound Effect. Kevin has conducted or produced hundreds of interviews, has won local and national awards for newscasts and commentary.