10 powerful songs that inspired the civil rights movement

Mildred Europa Taylor February 05, 2019

Woke Up This Morning With My Mind Stayed On Freedom

It was a theme song for voter registration drives among people in the 1960s.
An adaption of the gospel song “I Woke Up This Morning With My Mind Stayed on Jesus,” it was introduced by Rev. Osby, a minister from Aurora, Illinois, in 1961 when over 250 Freedom Riders spent 40 days in the Hinds County, Mississippi jail.

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