MLK, JR. DAY 2020 | Nina Simone, Fantastic Negrito, Shea Diamond, Nina Grae, Funkadelic

“I have a dream..." said Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." 

Today's episode #94 remembers Martin Luther King, Jr., including some clips from his speeches, as well as a song Nina Simone performed live not too long after his tragic assassination, and other powerful tracks from black musicians in a variety of genres, from hip hop, to soul folk, to pop, including artists like Fantastic Negrito, Shea Diamond, Miss Eaves and many more. 

With Black History Month around the corner, I hope to share more along this theme so we can keep taking it deeper, to inspire ourselves through music to have the energy to fight the good fight and understand different perspectives better, and achieve MLK JR's dream as soon as we can! I am grateful for the opportunity to share this episode. I welcome suggestions for future episodes, ideas, songs, musicians, stories, and more.

For more I have shared on this theme, check out my People Power episodes (#25, #44) or last year's Black History Month episode (#58).

Today's Spotify Playlist

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  1. Fight The Power by Public Enemy on Single (Def Jam) $ Buy
  2. Racism And Injustice by Martin Luther King, Jr. on Civil Rights Leader (SoundWorks USA) $ Buy
  3. Say It Loud - I'm Black And I'm Proud by James Brown on 20 All-Time Greatest Hits! (Universal / UMG) $ Buy
  4. Django Jane by Janelle Monae on Dirty Computer ( Bad Boy Records LLC) $ Buy
  5. Respect by Aretha Franklin (-) $ Buy
  6. Mississippi Goddam - Unedited version from original live concert by Nina Simone on Forever Young, Gifted And Black: Songs Of Freedom And Spirit (BMG) $ Buy
  7. Freedom - MLK Jr Day 2020 by Nina Grae (self-released) $ Buy
  8. Break
  9. Final Speech - April 3, 1968 by Martin Luther King, Jr. on I Have A Dream (-) $ Buy
  10. Don't Shoot by Shea Diamond on Don't Shoot (east west records LLC) $ Buy
  11. Break
  12. Plastic Hamburgers by Fantastic Negrito on Please Don't Be Dead (Blackball ) $ Buy
  13. Long Walk to D.C. by The Staple Singers on Soul Folk in Action (Concord) $ Buy
  14. Barry & Joe: Bromance (Gonna Save The World) by Miss Eaves, Lea Anderson on single (Miss Eaves) $ Buy
  15. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised by Gill-Scott Heron on Pieces of a Man (Ace) $ Buy
  16. Everbody Is Going to Make It This Time by Funkadelic on America Eats Its Young (Westbound) $ Buy