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Black History Month: A Playlist

History isn't only written in the pages of library books or captured on film or in documentaries - it also lives and breathes in song. Here is a selection of songs of hope and resistance, to mark Black History Month.



Sampa The Great - Freedom


What's Going On - Marvin Gaye (1971)


Nina Simone - I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free (1967)

Curtis Mayfield - People Get Ready (2001)


The Last Poets - When The Revolution Comes


Gil Scott-Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised


Melba Moore - Lift Every Voice and Sing (1990)


Andra Day - Rise Up (2015)


James Brown - Say It Loud ... I'm Black and I'm Proud (1968)


Bob Marley - Redemption Song (1980)


Bob Marley - Get Up, Stand Up (1973)


Nina Simone - Mississippi Goddam (1964)


Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come (1963)


Billie Holliday Strange Fruit (19 )


D'Angelo - The Charade (2015)


Fela Kuti - Zombie (1977 )


Beyonce - Freedon (feat. Kendrick Lamar) (2016)


Cynthia Erivo - Stand Up (2019)


Bill Withers - Grandma's Hands (1971)


The Full Playlist





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