Civil Rights Era Protest Songs

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  • Otis Redding
  • Aretha Franklin
  • James Brown
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Gil Scott Heron
  • John Coltrane
  • The Staple Singers
  • Grant Green
  • Billie Holiday
  • Bob Dylan
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Sam Cooke
  • Nina Simone

James Brown – "Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud" (1968)

"Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud" became one of the many rallying cries of the Black Power and civil rights movements during the 1960s. Brown's pride-filled track touched on issues of prejudice and racism in America.

(Photo: CBS /Landov)

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