Dr. King was born January 15, 1929. His birthday is a national holiday in the United States, celebrated on the third Monday of January. This list includes speeches by Dr. King, songs about slavery, songs of the civil rights movement, and folk songs by black Americans.
February is Black History Month.
(Canada re: black pioneers) Freedom Here \ Maria Dunn \ We Were Good People (2004) \ Self (Distant Whisper Music) Matt Watroba MLK Playlist 2009 Ben Bedford \ Land Of The Shadows \ Land Of The Shadows \ Hopeful Sky (about Emmitt Till) Arlon Bennett\ Be The Change (Acoustic)\ Summer's Voice\ Red Sea Patty Griffin\ Up to the Mountain\ Children Running Through\ ATO Jack Kid - Blackjacks Rachel Bissex\ Letter to Martin\ Light in Dark Places Ronnie Earl: Alabama Bus Otis Spann: two cuts about Dr. King on Rars Chicago Blues "Sail Away" by Randy Newman (among others) on his album "Sail Away" Bear It Away 9/15/63 - Kate Campbell - Wandering Strange Black & White \ EARL ROBINSON \ Songs & Ballads \ Folkways Blues for Martin Luther King / Otis Spann / Rare Chicago Blues 1962-1968 Bob Dylan: Tell Me That It Isn't True (Nashville Skyline/Columbia) Carry It On (Gil Turner) / Tom Paxton and Anne Hills / Under American Skies Crazy in Alabama / Kate Campbell / Visions of Plenty Dougie MacLean / Slave's Lament / Indigenous Free At Last / Kim and Reggie Harris Heidi Muller / Keep that Dream / Matters of the Heart Joan Baez / Many A Mile To Freedom Kim & Reggie Harris / No More Auction Block / Steal Away Pete Seeger / If You Miss Me At The Back of The Bus / We Shall Overcome Phil Ochs / Too Many Martyrs Richard Farina (or Joan Baez) / Birmingham Sunday Rosa / Libby Roderick / If You See A Dream - Turtle Island Selma / Michael Bowers / Angel on My Shoulder Sons of the Never Wrong / Set all God's children free / Three Good Reasons Steal Away: Songs of the Underground Railroad - Appleseed The Death of Emmett Till \ COULSON, DEAN, MCGUINESS & FLINT \ Lo & Behold \ Sire When Will I Get to be Called A Man / Black,Brown and White intro/Song Patty Griffin\ Up to the Mountain (MLK song)\ Children Running Through\ ATO [lynching] Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit Bob Dylan - The Death of Emmett Till Joan Baez\ Death of Emmett Till\ In Concert, Part 2\ Vanguard Woody Guthrie - Vigilante Man Steve Earle - Taneytown Phil Ochs - Ballad of Medgar Evers Bob Dylan - A Pawn in their Game [my favorites] Anne Feeney / Have You Gone to Jail for Justice? Ballad of Martin Luther King \ MIKE MILLIS \ Best of Broadside vol 3 \ Smithsonian Big Bill Broonzy\ Black, Brown and White\ Trouble in Mind Big Bill Broonzy\ When Will I Get to be Called a Man\ Trouble in Mind Bob Dylan: "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" ("Live 1975", "Another Side") Bob Dylan\ Oxford Town\ Freewheelin' Bob Dylan\ The Death of Emmett Till\ (Mp3) Dr. King on Violance \ PETE SEEGER & FRIENDS \ Seeds \ Appleseed Ellis Paul & Vance Gilbert - Citizen of the World - Side of the World - Philo If You Miss Me from the Back of the Bus / Betsy Mae Fikes / Voices of the Civil Rights Movement (VA) John McCutcheon\ Stole & Sold From Africa\ Live at Wolf Trap Lead Belly: "Jim Crow Blues #1" ("Bourgeois Blues", Smithsonian/Folkways) Norman & Nancy Blake\ Sweet Freedom\ While Passing Along This Way Pat Humphries\ Bound for Freedom\ Hands\ Appleseed Paul Robeson\ No More Auction Block\ The Collector's Pete Seeger / We Shall Overcome Police Dog Blues / Blind Blake / Ragtime Guitar's Foremost Fingerpicker Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.\ I Have a Dream\ In Search of Freedom\ Polygram Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.\ Sing For Freedom (VA) Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.\ We Shall Overcome\ We Shall Overcome\ SpeechWorks Some Windows \ DEIDRE MCCALLA \ Playing for Keeps \ Maiden Rock Sweet Honey in the Rock\ Are There Any Rights I'm Entitled To\ Epon. Take it from Dr King \ " " " " We Shall Overcome (speech) / Martin Luther King, Jr. / The Wisdom of King We Shall Overcome / SNCC Freedom Singers / Voices of the Civil Rights Movement (VA) [also good] Jack Kid\ Blackjacks Letter to Dr Martin L King \ SWEET HONEY IN ROCK \ Live at Carnegie Hall \ Flying Fish (LP) Richie Havens / The Klan John Fahey / March! For Martin Luther King (instrumental) / Essential JF Laura Love / Octoroon / Octoroon Neal and Leandra / Ready for Memphis / Stranger to My Kin Tom Paxton\ The Death of Stephen Biko\ Heroes [not exactly folk] Harry Belafonte / Abraham, Martin and John Billie Holiday / Strange Fruit / Lady in Autumn Liberace / Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream
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