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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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