playlist - Dr. King Tribute 2001

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Dr. King Special - January 14, 2001

A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others who worked for civil rights: Fannie Lou Hamer, Medgar Evers, Rosa Parks, Bernice Johnson Reagon, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and many others.

Artist ~ Song ~ Album

  • The Persuasions ~ Good Old A Cappella ~ We Still Ainít Got No Band
  • Street Sounds ~ If You Miss Me From The Back Of The Bus/Sister Rosa ~ Street Sounds
  • Sounds Of Blackness ~ Sunup To Sundown ("No more auction block for me") ~ Africa To America: The Story Of The Drum
  • Golden Gate Quartet ~ No Restricted Signs ~ Swing Down Chariot
  • Nashville Quartet (Nashville, Tennessee 1960) ~ You Better Leave Segregation Alone ~ Sing For Freedom*
  • Nashville Quartet ~ Your Dog Loves My Dog ~ Sing For Freedom*
  • Juba! ~ Freedom Is Coming ~ Mafaro
  • Zion Harmonizers ~ Lift Every Voice And Sing ~ New Orleans Gospel
  • SNCC Freedom Singers ~ Ainít Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around ~ Voices Of The Civil Rights Movement*
  • Nipa ~ Thatís Right ("Ignorance is the worst disease in this world") ~ Ghana A Cappella
  • Dr. King speaking ~ "Racism is a sickness unto death"
  • Extempo ~ Pride In The Name Of Love ~ Channel 32
  • Medgar Evers speaking ~ "Keep going with this fight for freedom" (Greenwood, Mississippi) ~ Sing For Freedom*
  • SNCC Freedom Singers ~ Ballad Of Medgar Evers ~ Voices Of The Civil Rights Movement*
  • Howard University Chamber Choir ~ Wade In The Water ~ African American Spirituals: The Concert Tradition (Wade In The Water Vol. 1)
  • Roberta Flack ~ Oh Freedom ~ Soul To Soul
  • Sweet Honey In The Rock & James Horner ~ Oh Freedom ~ Freedom Song (original soundtrack)
  • Black Voices ~ Iím Goiní Stand ~ Space To Breathe
  • Amanda Perdew & Virginia Davis (Atlanta, GA, May 1964) ~ Ainít Scared Of Nobody ("I want my freedom now") ~ Voices Of The Civil Rights Movement*
  • Marlena Smalls & The Hallelujah Singers ~ Believe Iíll Run On ~ Gullah: Carry Me Home
  • SNCC Freedom Singers ~ We Shall Not Be Moved ~ Voices Of The Civil Rights Movement*
  • Four The Moment ~ Harriet Tubman ~ Live!
  • Sounds Of Blackness ~ Strange Fruit (Billie Holiday) ~ Africa To America: The Story Of The Drum
  • SNCC Freedom Singers ~ In The Mississippi River ~ Voices Of The Civil Rights Movement*
  • Sweet Honey In The Rock ~ Iím Going To Get My Baby Out Of Jail ~ Still On The Journey
  • Hollis Watkins ~ Iím Gonna Sit At The Welcome Table ~ Sing For Freedom*
  • Bernice Johnson Reagon ~ Buses Are A-Coming Freedom Song ~ River Of Life
  • Pilgrim Travelers ~ All The Way (Iím Willing To Run) ~ Better Than That
  • Lydia Ruffin ~ Beulah Land ~ Mimosa
  • Barbara Hendricks with The Moses Hogan Singers ~ Steal Away ~ Give Me Jesus
  • Southern Sons ~ Go Down Moses ~ Deep South Gospel
  • Fannie Lou Hamer ~ Go Tell It On The Mountain ~ Voices Of The Civil Rights Movement*
  • Sweet Honey In The Rock ~ Fannie Lou Hamer ~ Selections
  • Total Experience Gospel Choir ~ Pass Me Not ~ Harmony Sweepstakes 2000
  • Amasong ~ Soon I Will Be Done With The Troubles Of The World ~ Over Here The Water Is Sweet
  • Dr. King speaking ~ "Free at last" from "I Have A Dream" speech
  • Greenwood, Mississippi mass meeting ~ Keep Your Eyes on The Prize (Hold On) ~ Sing For Freedom*
  • SNCC Freedom Singers with Pete Seeger and Dorothy Cotton (Washington, DC 1988) ~ We Shall Overcome / Sing For Freedom*
  • Fannie Lou Hamer ~ Wade In The Water ~ Voices Of The Civil Rights Movement*
  • SNCC Freedom Singers ~ Woke Up This Morning With My Mind On Freedom ~ Voices Of The Civil Rights Movement*

Selections marked with * can be found on two excellent CD collections, both on the Smithsonian/Folkways label: "Sing For Freedom: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement Through Its Songs," a 70-minute CD of field recordings from Montgomery, Birmingham, Albany GA, Atlanta, Greenwood MS, and Nashville during the early 1960s; and "Voices of the Civil Rights Movement: Black American Freedom Songs 1960-1966," a double CD including songs recorded at mass meetings and many recordings of the SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) Freedom Singers and other ensembles. The booklet, written by Bernice Johnson Reagon (SNCC Freedom Singers, Sweet Honey In The Rock) includes photographs and a history of the Civil Rights movement. Check the Smithsonian Folkways site: http://www.si.edu/folkways

They are talking about peace as a distant goal, as an end we seek, but one day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means. All of this is saying that, in the final analysis, means and ends must cohere because the end is preexistent in the means, and ultimately destructive means cannot bring about constructive ends.

~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "A Christmas Sermon," December 1967



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