The following song represented the civil rights movement for me and played a big part of my childhood. It is inspirational but unfortunately has sad connotations for me since I heard it mostly at funerals, such as for Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. Their assassinations in 1968 awakened me at the age of 8 to the concept of evil and what can happen to good people. It’s been 43 years since April 4th, and to the day, for MLK and RFK, respectively. We’ve come so far, yet hardly at all considering today’s political climate.
The following rendition is by Joan Baez at the Woodstock festival in 1969. To this day I can’t listen without choking up. Here is We Shall Overcome.