Civil Rights Era Protest Songs

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

Grant Green – His Majesty King Funk album (1965) 

Grant Green's 1965 jazz album His Majesty King Funk featured many political tracks, including "The Selma March," which commemorated the two failed attempts at marching — the first which ended in bloodshed and the second which was halted by a restraining order — prior to the final, successful journey in 1965.

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