Let Freedom Sing: How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Movement

Let Freedom Sing: How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Movement

Louis Gossett Jr.
Director: Jon Goodman Cast: Louis Gossett Jr.
Jon Goodman

DVD (Wide Screen)

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Oscar and Emmy-winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr. narrates this dramatic look at the people who raised their voices in song against racism and inequality. Change was in the air, and it was the singers and songwriters of such unforgettable melodies as "A Change is Gonna Come," "Blowin' in the Wind," and "People Get Ready" who helped give the Civil Rights Movement it's anthems and soul. Hear firsthand accounts of how the Mississippi Freedom Riders used music to summon courage in the face of great danger, reflect on the brutality of enforced segregation with Billy Holiday's haunting ballad "Strange Fruit," and watch as the seeds of change that were planted in the 1960s blossoms in the music, politics, and culture of the decades that followed. Extensive interviews with Quincy Jones, Chuck D, Isaac Hayes, Gladys Knight, and others combine with never-before-seen historic footage to offer an absorbing account of a time of unprecedented social transformation.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/02/2009
UPC: 0610583362190
Original Release: 2009
Source: Time Life Records
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:42:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Interview with Louis Gossett, Jr.; Interview with Chuck D

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Let Freedom Sing: How Music Shaped the Civil Rights Movement
1. Introduction by Lousi Gossett, Jr. [1:27]
2. It All Began in the Church [2:05]
3. "Strange Fruit" [3:16]
4. WDIA and Black Radio [9:14]
5. "I Shall Not Be Moved" - The Freedom Riders and the Sit-Ins [12:15]
6. "We Shall Overcome" - Folk Singers, Marching on Washington [8:23]
7. "A Change is Gonna Come" - Introduced by Louis Gossett, Jr. [5:15]
8. "People Get Ready" - The Movement Gains Momentum [4:28]
9. "Mississippi Goddam" - Waiting Long Enough [7:10]
10. "Cryin' in the Streets" - The Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [5:55]
11. "Say it Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud" - The Black Power Era [1:14]
12. "What's Going On?" - Tamla-Motown Takes a Stand [9:19]
13. "Get Up, Stand Up" - The Civil Rights Movement Internationalizes [5:40]
14. "Fight the Power" - Civil Rights and Rap [6:47]
15. Where We Are Today [4:20]
16. "A Change is Gonna Come" - Reprise [3:35]
17. Louis Gossett, Jr. - Closing [3:58]

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Let Freedom Sing: How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Movement 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent footage of the Civil Rights movement and an era of US history that uses actual film footage which includes the words and music of that time. Shows the more human aspect of that period and not just the standard film and stories of the Civil Rights movement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago