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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.
Though released in 1971, a few years after the peak of the civil rights era,...
Though released in 1971, a few years after the peak of the civil rights era, "Respect Yourself" adhered to the movement's themes of self-respect and Black empowerment.
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