Songs of Remberance, Celebration & Hope: commemorating the birthday of Martin Luther King

Today, we celebrate the life and legacy of one of time’s greatest revolutionaries, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Songs like Odetta’s “Glory Halleluja” and Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin” remind us to honor those who fought for their freedom and equality as human beings during the Civil Rights Movement. Michael Franti’s “Hey World (Don’t Give Up)” and Pharoahe Monch’s “Push” prompt us to reflect on how far we as a people still need to go to live out King’s vision. And, Bob Marley’s “Get Up, Stand Up” encourage us to get up, take action and never give up. As King once said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

Full version of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial August 28, 1963:

Common – “A Dream”

Odetta – “Glory Halleluja”

Ben Harper – “Like A Dream”

Daddy (Tommy Womack & Will Kimbrough) – “The Ballad Of Martin Luther King”

Bob Marley – “Get Up, Stand Up”

Public Enemy – “By The Time I Get To Arizona”

Rage Against the Machine – “Wake Up”

Queen – “One Vision”

Michael Franti – “Hey World (Don’t Give Up)”

Patty Griffin – “Up To The Mountain (MLK Tribute)”

UB40 – “Free”

OMD – “Southern”

Pharoahe Monch – “Push”

The Beatles – “Revolution”

Bob Dylan – “The Time They Are A-Changin'”

Mahalia Jackson – “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”

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  1. brette coffer
    Posted January 18, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Permalink
  2. Christy Thacker
    Posted January 19, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    Nice one!

  3. Andre UK
    Posted December 3, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    I think you should add Beshara “I Had A Dream” to the above video list.

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