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11 Anthems of Black Pride and Protest Through American History

By Thad Morgan in Inside History

From spirituals to ballads, funk and hip hop, these songs have provided a sound track to the pride and struggle of African Americans through the centuries.

For centuries, Black Americans have used music as a powerful tool. In the antebellum South, enslaved people sang spirituals to covertly plan their escape to freedom. Poems were put to music and performed to celebrate the eradication of slavery, and ballads and hip hop have been leveraged to protest violence and discrimination against Black Americans. Below are 11 songs through history that have given voice to African American progress, protest and pride. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE

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