Social change is about more than protests, or intellectuals writing tracts.
Music can be a very powerful way (the most powerful way?) of communicating the message of liberation.
Furthermore, music can link movements across time and space, creating some really powerful effects. Songs can rally people to action, connect people across different ages and races, and remind you why you are in this activism gig in the first place.
The list is probably endless, but let’s get started. Comment (totally optional) with your own suggestions.
Songs of Slavery, an adorable video by Latino students. My southern grandmother (white/activist) used to sing me many of these songs when I was a child.
Mahalia Jackson, We Shall Overcome, The US Civil Rights Movement
Guantanamera, the Essence of the Cuban Revolution, Pete Seeger.
Zimbabwe, who else, but he the prophet, Bob Marley (this song meant a lot to me coming up at the end of Apartheid)
Sout El Horeya, Egyptian Revolution, Sung by American Students (brings tears to my eyes)
Some snippets of music challenging the Moroccan Regime, using the vehicle of Rap Music! (Arab Spring)