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

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

Various Artists SFW40084

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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We Are Soldiers in the Army

Year Released 1997
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 1997 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) African American Music; Documentary; Struggle & Protest
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) African American
Instrument(s) Vocals; Vocals, group
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Calypso; Documentary; Folk songs--United States; Rites and ceremonies; United States History

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101 Freedom Medley: Freedom Chant / Oh Freedom / This Little Light of Mine The Freedom Singers 1:57 Not Available for Download
102 This Little Light of Mine Betty Fikes 4:17
103 If You Miss Me from the Back of the Bus Betty Fikes 3:03
104 Lord Hold My Hand While I Run This Race n/a 2:49
105 Get on Board Children Willie Peacock 2:10
106 Calypso Freedom Willie Peacock 6:29
107 Freedom Now Chant n/a 0:25
108 Oh Freedom Hollis Watkins 3:08
109 Ain't Scared of Nobody Amanda Bowens Perdew and Virginia Davis 1:50
110 Leaning on the Everlasting Arms n/a 1:13
111 Sermon Lawrence Campbell 6:35
112 We are Soldiers in the Army n/a 3:24
113 Go Tell it on the Mountain Fannie Lou Hamer 3:03
114 Wade in the Water Fannie Lou Hamer 2:32
115 Come Bah Ya (Kumbaya) Willie Peacock 5:25
116 Walk with Me Lord Fannie Lou Hamer 1:38
117 Jesus on the Mainline Sam Block 3:33
118 Freedom Train Sam Block 4:36
119 Don't You Think It's About Time That We All Be Free Mabel Hillary 3:30
120 We're Marching on to Freedom Land Carlton Reese 2:31
121 We Shall Overcome n/a 3:03
201 We Will Never Turn Back The Freedom Singers 3:30 Not Available for Download
202 We Shall Not Be Moved The Freedom Singers 2:11 Not Available for Download
203 Certainly, Lord The CORE Freedom Singers 2:05
204 Get Your Rights, Jack The CORE Freedom Singers 3:49
205 Which Side are You On? The Freedom Singers 1:57
206 Woke Up This Morning with My Mind on Freedom The Freedom Singers 2:31 Not Available for Download
207 Been in the Storm So Long Bernice Johnson Reagon 3:54
208 Dogs The Freedom Singers 2:33 Not Available for Download
209 The A&P Song The Integration Grooves 2:28
210 Oh Prichett, Oh Kelly The Freedom Singers 2:15
211 I Told Jesus Bertha Gober 3:21
212 99 1/2 Won't Do The Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights. Choir 2:28
213 I'm on My Way The Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights. Choir 3:38
214 City Called Heaven Cleo Kennedy 9:15
215 In the Mississippi River The Freedom Singers 3:38
216 I Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round The Freedom Singers 2:15 Not Available for Download
217 Will the Circle Be Unbroken Jimmy Collier and the Movement Singers 3:08
218 Governor Wallace The Freedom Singers 2:36
219 Ballad of Medgar Evers The Freedom Singers 4:32 Not Available for Download
220 Uncle Tom's Prayer Cordell Reagon 1:09
221 Oginga Odinga The Freedom Singers 2:50 Not Available for Download
222 We Shall Overcome The Freedom Singers 3:20 Not Available for Download
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