We Shall Overcome: Voices from the Civil Rights Movement

The Civil Rights Movement took place from 1954 to 1968 . Racial inequality had taken it’s toll on the African American communities in the south and black people in America weren’t going to settle for being treated as second class citizens anymore. From boycotts, to freedom rides, to sit-ins, to protests, the Civil Rights Movement produced some of the most prolific voices and leaders in black and American history. Art, music, film and poetry depicting the black experience and anger of blacks during the CRM began to emerge from creatives and revolutionaries of the time in the form of recordings. Here are some of the most influential and essential recordings that were conceived during the Civil Rights Movement.