Today, we celebrate what would’ve been the 85th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of history’s greatest voices of liberty. King’s contributions to civil rights have inspired millions, including many musicians who’ve paid tribute to him in song. Below, we’ve collected some of those odes that help King’s message live on for generations.
Today would also be a great day to revisit KEXP’s Documentary series, Civil Rights Songs, a 10-episode on the civil rights era of the 1950s and 1960s and beyond. Songs that remind us that the fight for equality under the law, for all, is not over yet.