Monday, January 16, 2017

Music Monday - A Long Time Comin'

Friday, a new President takes office in the United States.  This man, who is replacing the first President of color in our nation's history, will take our country in an entirely different direction. (Note, this is a non-political blog so opinions about that will not follow.)

Today is a federal holiday honoring Civil Rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  What interesting timing, as the President-Elect is embroiled in a war of words with another Civil Rights icon, John Lewis, who marched with Dr. King.   If Dr. King was alive today, he would be 88 years old.

What would Dr. King be doing and thinking right now as we prepare for this peaceful transition of power?

In 2015 I blogged a story about the young Dr. King.

Many things have changed since that snowy day, but there is still work ahead.

Today, some music related to the Civil Rights movement and race relations in general, in memory of Dr. King.  Some of these videos contain clips of historical events and conditions that existed "back then".

A  Change is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke

Abraham, Martin and John.  This song, performed in 1968 and sung by Dion (Dion Francis DiMucci of the Bronx, in New York City), is a favorite of mine as I grew up in this time.



We Shall Overcome, as sung by Pete Seeger.

 Eyes on the Prize - Mavis Staples

To end this post, I would like to point to a blog I enjoy.  Recently, this blogger published a poem written in 1937 by American poet and activist Langston Hughes.   It is well worth reading.

#blogboost Day 16 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge.

11 comments:

  1. It's hard to believe that a President would be so petty! I'm so scared for the US and consequently the world. I can't begin to imagine how you all feel.

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  2. I'm just starting my day, and will be leaving your tab open so it can be my soundtrack for the day. Love it!

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  3. Great music choices. "Whatever Happened to Abraham, Martin, and John" is one of my favorites too. Thanks for sharing it and the other music.

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  4. Twould that this battle be long over!

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  5. These are songs of a future, songs of hope and songs of heart ache. All appropriate for this period of time!

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  6. I love your selection of music, and thanks for the shout-out for my Poetry Sunday selection.

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  7. Such an important day to remember and recognize

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  8. Amazing how times have changed yet music is still here. Can't imagine the world without music.

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  9. I so wish different skin color, cultures, and genders simply did not matter. We're all from the human race. We all deserve equal treatment and equal compassion.

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