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In the pews, on the streets and in the halls of Washington, songs of freedom rang out loud and proud during the civil rights era. As we mark the 50th anniversary of the seminal year that changed it all — 1963 — ESSENCE.com takes a look back at 20 socially conscious songs that forever changed our outlook as a people.
Simone released this civil rights anthem in 1967. The lyrics resonated deep with...
Simone released this civil rights anthem in 1967. The lyrics resonated deep with many Americans because it explored themes of equality and a wish to live free in America with dignity.
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