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3 Songs You'll want to check out during Black History Month

A big part of any culture is music, and during Black History Month, we hope this shows the way music can "reveal black history, successes and struggles.



1. Nina Simone, Four Women


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"This song Four Women speaks of four different and distinct black women. Each character in this song experiences racism, abuse and despair but they remind me that sometimes we are four, sometimes we are 50 and in times like these we are hundreds of thousands. Because the black experience is part of the mosaic of all people. All of us. And from now on we are one" (Josephine Watson).

2. Bob Marley, Redemption Song


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"Music in all its glorious styles forms bonds. It reminds us of who we are and how far we've come. But as always the change we have so desperately fought for always begins inside. So, as Bob Marley tells us in Redemption Song, no one but ourselves can free our minds" (Josephine Watson).

3. Sam Cooke, A Change Is Gonna Come


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"Most of his songs were soft, crooning love ballads … but he could also switch it up and get really sort of gospel-y, gritty sort of sound that just penetrated your soul. This is an important song for the culture as it really signifies something in black culture that is an ongoing mix of both sorrow and strength all together and just the need to endure and continue on" (Clinton Davis).

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