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list | five songs for MLK

since it’s Martin Luther King day in America today, i thought i’d post some songs in his honour…

MLK – U2


a favorite of mine in junior high. U2’s song “Pride (in the Name of Love)”, also from The Unforgettable Fire, better known tribute to Martin Luther King. but this one’s pretty and oh so simple.
“may your dreams be realised”.

Why (Am I Treated So Bad) – Staple Singers


the Staple Singers travelled with Dr. King raising awareness and funds for the civil right movement and Pops and Martin Luther King became close friends. Pops wrote this song on response to the Little Rock Crisis. according to Mavis Staples, it was King’s favourite song, and you can see why…

A Change is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke


the song that Rosa Parks listened to upon hearing of King’s assassination.

Paths of Victory – Odetta


a protest song written by Bob Dylan covered by a great singer, Odetta.

Heaven Will Welcome You Dr King – Big Maybelle

tons of emotion here: passion, rage, sorrow. a great song for a great man.
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