In honor of today's national holiday marking the birth of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., I embarked on the impossible task of selecting a top ten list of songs about civil rights. The theme has resonated deeply with generations of artists of all stripes and inspired considerable musical tribute; this list is meant simply as a starting point for discussion (and listening!) Please use the comments field below to let me what I missed.
In Fairly Random Order:
1. Mavis Staples, We Shall Not Be Moved
2 The Impressions, People Get Ready
3. Sam Cooke, A Change is Gonna Come
5. Phil Ochs, Here's to the State of Mississippi
6. Bob Dylan, The Times They Are A Changin'
7. Sweet Honey in the Rock, Eyes on the Prize
8. Gil Scott-Heron, 95 South (All of the Places We've Been)
9. The Roots, Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round
10. The Staple Singers, Freedom Highway