Throwback Songs That Call for Protest Against Racism In America

Bob Marley Billie Holiday Sam Cooke 3 throwback songs protests against racism

Time to Get Inspired and Get Active

This past week saw a protest against racism in all 50 states, as well as in multiple other countries across the world. It is great to see this type of unity in the face of racial injustice and adversity. Protesting has always been a solid way to spread messages that need to be heard. Check out the below list for 3 throwback songs that inspire you to get out and protest.

Give this previous HypeFresh article a read for a list of current rap songs that speak about the racial injustices in America.

3 Throwback Songs that Call for Change Now

3. Bob Marley “Get Up, Stand Up”

Bob Marley’s songs always bring a great vibe. Along with bringing fun and care-free music Boby Marley also spoke about more pressing material in his songs, such as “Buffalo Soldier”.

The song “Get Up, Stand Up” speaks of the need to fight for your rights and freedoms. Marley delivers a message of creating heaven on earth through a persistent fight for your rights.

2. Billie Holiday “Strange Fruit”

This song paints a disturbing, yet the necessary picture of the racial injustice experienced in the south during this time. “Strange Fruit” is a song in response to the horrific lynchings of black people in the United States. Holiday released the track in 1939. Still, after all these years the song’s message still needs to be heard.

This is in no way to say that there have not been improvements but instead goes to point out the ever-pressing need to eradicate such racial injustice and brutality within our nation. The way that this song goes about provoking change is a much more sobering manner than the other songs featured on the list.

1. Sam Cooke “A Change Is Gonna Come”

Sam Cooke is a legendary singer/ songwriter from back in the day. Cooke had an amazing voice, and was able to put it to great use through the song “A Change Is Gonna Come”. Give it a listen below.

The song was released in 1964, a time when the Civil Rights movement was very active and necessary. It is a beautiful piece of work that sadly still rings true today, “It’s been a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come.” If you enjoy this song, or great music, in general, I highly suggest giving Sam Cooke’s Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 album. It really is a great listen.

Final Thoughts

What do you guys have to say though?

Do you enjoy these throwback songs and the messages that the artists deliver? And what other throwback songs do you know that call for action against racial injustices?

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