Civil Rights Era Protest Songs

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  • Nina Simone
  • 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

Aretha Franklin – "Respect" (1967)

Although the track was originally released by Otis Redding in 1965, Aretha's version two years later took on a life of its own. Franklin's authoritative version became a feminist anthem and also doubled as a empowering anthem in the civil rights movement.

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