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Voices of the Civil Rights Movement: Black American Freedom Songs 1960-1966

Various Artists
Voices of the Civil Rights Movement: Black American Freedom Songs 1960-1966

This double-CD reissue documents a central aspect of the cultural environment of the Civil Rights Movement, acknowledging songs as the language that focused people's energy. These 43 tracks are a series of musical images, of a people in conversation about their determination to be free. Many of the songs were recorded live in mass meetings held in churches, where people from different life experiences, predominantly black, with a few white supporters, came together in a common struggle. These freedom songs draw from spirituals, gospel, rhythm and blues, football chants, blues and calypso forms. The enclosed booklet written by Bernice Johnson Reagon provides rare historic photographs along with the powerful story of African American musical culture and its role in the Civil Rights Movement. "The music of the spirit with the history of the flesh." — New York Daily News

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"South Africa, Free At Last: The Freedom Songs of South Africa and the Civil Rights Movement in America"
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Track Listing

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Freedom Medley: Freedom Chant / Oh Freedom / This Little Light of Mine The Freedom Singers 1:57
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This Little Light of Mine Betty Fikes 4:17
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If You Miss Me from the Back of the Bus Betty Fikes 3:03
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Lord Hold My Hand While I Run This Race n/a 2:49
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Get on Board Children Willie Peacock 2:10
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Calypso Freedom Willie Peacock 6:29
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Freedom Now Chant n/a 0:25
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Oh Freedom Hollis Watkins 3:08
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Ain't Scared of Nobody Amanda Bowens Perdew and Virginia Davis 1:50
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Leaning on the Everlasting Arms n/a 1:13
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Sermon Lawrence Campbell 6:35
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We are Soldiers in the Army n/a 3:24
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Go Tell it on the Mountain Fannie Lou Hamer 3:03
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Wade in the Water Fannie Lou Hamer 2:32
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Come Bah Ya (Kumbaya) Willie Peacock 5:25
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Walk with Me Lord Fannie Lou Hamer 1:38
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117
Jesus on the Mainline Sam Block 3:33
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118
Freedom Train Sam Block 4:36
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119
Don't You Think It's About Time That We All Be Free Mabel Hillary 3:30
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120
We're Marching on to Freedom Land Carlton Reese 2:31
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We Shall Overcome n/a 3:03
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We Will Never Turn Back The Freedom Singers 3:30
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We Shall Not Be Moved The Freedom Singers 2:11
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Certainly, Lord The CORE Freedom Singers 2:05
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Get Your Rights, Jack The CORE Freedom Singers 3:49
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Which Side are You On? The Freedom Singers 1:57
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Woke Up This Morning with My Mind on Freedom The Freedom Singers 2:31
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Been in the Storm So Long Bernice Johnson Reagon 3:54
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Dogs The Freedom Singers 2:33
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The A&P Song The Integration Grooves 2:28
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210
Oh Prichett, Oh Kelly The Freedom Singers 2:15
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I Told Jesus Bertha Gober 3:21
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99 1/2 Won't Do The Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights. Choir 2:28
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I'm on My Way The Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights. Choir 3:38
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214
City Called Heaven Cleo Kennedy 9:15
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In the Mississippi River The Freedom Singers 3:38
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I Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round The Freedom Singers 2:15
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Will the Circle Be Unbroken Jimmy Collier and the Movement Singers 3:08
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Governor Wallace The Freedom Singers 2:36
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Ballad of Medgar Evers The Freedom Singers 4:32
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Uncle Tom's Prayer Cordell Reagon 1:09
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Oginga Odinga The Freedom Singers 2:50
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We Shall Overcome The Freedom Singers 3:20
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