So this was meant to go out around the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s iconic ‘I Have A Dream’ speech but I didn’t have time to write it up so here it is now. I found Nina Simone‘s version of ‘I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free’ and started to think about how many black women were involved in the movement.
Black women were integral to the civil rights movement and although MLK is the most well known leader of the movement many women were involved in the civil rights campaign both through being physically involved and documenting history through song, poetry, speech.
This mixtape, the first in a long time I know, documents black women’s history and contribution to the civil rights movement. I’ve tried to cover a variety of artists but if you think I’ve missed someone out let me know and we’ll make a bigger and better mixtape.
I wish I Knew How it Would Feel To Be Free- Nina Simone
Strange Fruit- Billie Holiday
We Shall Overcome- Mahalia Jackson
Working Together- Ike & Tina Turner
Think- Aretha Franklin
Go Tell It On The Mountain- Fannie Lou Hamer
Woman of the Ghetto- Marlena Shaw
Yes We Can Can- The Pointer Sisters
A Change Is Gonna Come- Aretha Franklin
Mississippi Goddam- Nina Simone