At JusticeAid, we never underestimate
the power of song.  

Starting on MLK Day 2020, we began a monthly release about protest songs, with a different focus each month. Over the year, we will focus on protest songs as to different themes or causes, or that have inspired particular people. In the course of this project, we are sure that we will occasionally omit songs that others think are obvious selections. But, we limit ourselves to 10 primary songs a month, with a playlist containing more (and which will pick up some of those omitted songs). As we choose songs, we will at least briefly explain why, and when we can, provide a video of a key performance of them. And, we promise, over the year, we will touch today’s protest music, and different genres of music.

These songs are not artifacts—they still live and breathe because they are still relevant today. We need them as much today as we ever have. Please stay in touch and let us know your thoughts.


Banner illustrations courtesy of Wikipedia and the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Get Out the Vote Initiative.

  • Songs of Protest banner: By Deeno Golding, (dec.), Associate Professor of Art & Design at Morehead State University and member, Cincinnati Chapter, AIGA. Artist statement: The poster communicates the importance of exercising one’s right / responsibility to vote in America.

  • About the Blog  banner: By Cesar Rivera, San Antonio Chapter, AIGA. Artist statement: The concept of overlaying colors corresponds with ballots piling up in a ballot box and how we all come together to select a candidate. CMYK colors are used from the printing process but are used to represent people from all cultures and socio-economic standings. The condensed typeface represents the traditionally narrow ballot ticket. ecesarrivera @ecesarrivera

  • MLK banner: Posterized photo via Wikimedia Commons.

  • March banner: TBD

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