Civil Rights Era Protest Songs

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  • James Brown
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  • The Staple Singers
  • Grant Green
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  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Sam Cooke
  • Nina Simone
  • Otis Redding
  • Aretha Franklin

Gil Scott Heron – "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" (1971)

The oft-quoted song from Gil Scott Heron's 1971 album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox became one of the most popular political songs of the time. The phrase has been used numerous times across all genres of music in the years since its release to call listeners to consciousness.

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