A few days ago while looking through my cable guide I noticed a special on TV One titled Let Freedom Sing. Since it came on in the early morning hours I decided to record it. Let Freedom Sing, which is hosted and narrated by Academy Award winning actor Louis Gossett Jr., premiered on TV One a while ago but I’m just getting around to watching it. Let Freedom Sing chronicles how music inspired the civil rights movement. The music dates back to blues and gospel and moves forward to r&b and pop.
TV One presents Let Freedom Sing, a special that chronicles a musical and cultural past of those who cried out in song against inequality, poverty, war, and in support of workers, civil and human rights. From the beginnings of the Civil Rights Era to Watergate — creative pioneers in gospel, blues, R&B and pop brought music, medium and message together as never before, composing a soundtrack perfectly tuned to the tempo and pulse of its time.
Let Freedom Sing includes narrative voices ranging from those of former Mississippi Freedom Riders who sang every day as they risked life and limb, to Grammy-winning artists and musicians who continue to pen inspired lyrics and songs capable of moving a nation, if not the world. Beginning with Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit to Memphis’ first radio station to “go Black”, Let Freedom Sing travels through time to highlight such an historic journey.
From Mahalia Jackson and Aretha Franklin to Curtis Mayfield, Sam Cooke and Public Enemy, a few daring musical innovators stood at the top of two revolutions—one cultural, the other musical—and forever changed America and the world.
Let Freedom Sing tells their story only on TV One.
I enjoyed watching this special. Besides seeing a history of music used during protest movements, especially the civil rights movement, you got a chance to see the historical contributions blacks made in music.
A collection of the music from more than 70 years of the civil rights movement is now available in a 3 disc 58 song collection.