Category Archives: Civil Rights Movement

“Redemption Song” – Bob Marley

Considered a prophet of his generation, Bob Marley expressed the need for liberation from physical and mental confinement. The lyrical masterpiece of “Redemption Song” speaks to the lost people of a lost generation.

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“They are more than just incantations of clever phrases designed to invigorate a campaign; they are as old as the history of the Negro in America. They are adaptations of songs the slaves sang—the sorrow songs, the shouts for joy, the battle hymns, and the anthems of our movement. I have heard people talk of their beat and rhythm, but we in the movement are as inspired by their words. “Woke Up This Morning with My Mind Stayed on Freedom” is a sentence that needs no music to make its point. We sing the freedom songs for the same reason the slaves sang them, because we too are in bondage and the songs add hope to our determination that “We shall overcome, Black and white together, We shall overcome someday.” These songs bound us together, gave us courage together, helped us march together.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

Freedom Songs

We Shall Overcome – Mahalia Jackson

Mahalia Jackson singing “We Shall Overcome,” a powerful song considered to be the anthem of the Civil Rights Movement

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