The civil rights movement was a movement that reached its peak in the 60s, it was the African American people engaging in peaceful protest to have equal rights in society. Often at these protests, songs were used to help convey their message these usually came from artists who supported the movement; this included artists like Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Janis Joplin. All these artists and their songs were all targeted at overcoming discrimination.
Songs of The Civil Rights Movement
Song #1: A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke
This song was made by Sam Cooke after he was turned away from a whites only hotel and arrested. This song conveyed his feelings of frustration with society and the Jim Crowe laws in general. It was about societal change being inevitable, and that it would be beautiful.
Sweet Honey On The Rocks: "Eyes on The Prize"
This song was extremely popular during the 50s and 60s for the civil rights movement, it is about overcoming discrimination and trying to make society better despite all consequences. the song originally was written by a woman named Alice Wine.
Joan Baez: "We Shall Overcome"
Joan Baez was a big name in the world of political and folk music, she made many songs for use in the civil rights movement. This song was originally made in 1900 by Charles Albert Tindley. It is about overcoming descrimination.