At JusticeAid, we never underestimate
the power of song.  

Starting on MLK Day 2020, we will share a monthly release about protest songs, with a different focus each month. In the year to come, 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 will 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, in months to come, we will touch today’s protest music, and different genres of music.

These are 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 what your thoughts.


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

  • January MLK banners: Posterized photo via Wikimedia Commons; hand illustration by Deeno Golding, Cincinnati Chapter, AIGA. Artist statement: The poster communicates the importance of exercising one’s right / responsibility to vote in America.

  • About the Blog and Playlist banner: 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

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