Music played a central role during the civil rights movement in the 20th century. Be it protest songs on racism, injustice, and violence, or songs adapted from hymns, these offered hope and strength to participants and leading activists in their quest for justice and equality.
At the height of the movement in the 1950s and 60s in America, anyone who stood up for the rights of African Americans became a possible target for assassination.
White supremacists were usually behind these assassinations backed by racist authorities and the police. As we celebrate Black History Month, here are some of the songs that made the movement a success: