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 coming year, Songs of Protest: 12 Months of Music that Matters 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.