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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.
Sang by Freedom Riders, "I Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round" became a popular song...
Sang by Freedom Riders, "I Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round" became a popular song of protest and determination. Here it is sung by female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock.
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