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The Civil Rights Movement Through Music

sing_for_freedomThere are times when I think there’s nothing more powerful than music to convey the broad spectrum of human emotion and experience. When that music has words, whatever meaning is left out by the words is picked up by the melody, harmony, and rhythm. And the history and cultural depth and experience that’s brought with the music, either in the music itself or through it’s performers and their interpretation, tells so much more than just words or pictures alone.

Here’s a playlist from Smithsonian Folkways via Rdio with some powerful music from the Civil Rights Movement.