Black Lives Matter

Songs to complement your work about racial injustice

Get on board, lil' children | Lyrics
This traditional spiritual is about the 'gospel train', a code word for the underground railroad.

I wish I knew (how it would feel to be free) | Lyrics
Written by Jazz musician Dr Billy Taylor and performed by Nina Simone, this song became an unofficial anthem of the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960’s.

Lean on me | Lyrics
This soulful Bill Withers’ ballad reminds us that we are all part of a community and that we can all support and stand up for each other.

Raise my voice | Lyrics
Written by Carrie and David Grant this song encourages young people to ‘raise their voices’ not only in song but also to express their feelings and aspirations.

Something inside so strong | Lyrics
This song was written by Labi Siffre in response to Apartheid in South Africa. It won an Ivor Novello Best Song award and sends a strong message to encourage people to stand up for their rights.




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