Monday February 27, 2017
From Huffington Post
Your Soundtrack for “The Resistance” Movement
By: Jennifer Rand
Ever since Donald Trump took the oath of office, the noisy majority of Americans who didn’t want him to win the presidency have been fighting back: marching en masse, jamming the Congressional switchboard, protesting at airports, pummeling the White House with angry letters and postcards, packing the Town Halls of our elected officials, huddling in our communities. The longer and harder we fight, the more we look less like a passing fad, and more like a durable movement. Well, every movement needs a soundtrack and, so, here is a collection of some of the best and most powerful protest songs over time and across musical genres. Power to the People!
Pre-1960s through 1970s
Not surprisingly, many songs of protest arose out of the political turmoil during the era of the Vietnam War and Civil Rights Movement.
We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest (Ella’s Song)—Sweet Honey in the Rock
Sweet Honey in the Rock’s “Ella’s Song” is relatively current, but it appears here because it forcefully uses the message of Ella Baker, a civil rights activist from the 1960’s. The message is one of perseverance and keeping one’s eye on the prize despite it seeming futile at times. Its relevance continues to resonate with the Black Lives Matter movement.
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