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20 Songs to Celebrate Black History Month

by Tianze Li

Music is a language that transcends barriers, telling the stories of struggles, hope, and dream. From Mahalia Jackson’s “Amazing Grace”, to Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”, these songs have come to be a part of black history. Here’s a list of 20 songs you don’t want to miss, listed in alphabetical order. 

“Amazing Grace” by Mahalia Jackson

“Americans” by Janelle Monáe 

“Black Butterfly” by Denice Williams

“Black Gold” by Esperanza Spalding

“Chocolate City” by Parliament

“Family Reunion” by The O’Jays

“God in Me” by Mary Mary and Kierra Sheard

“Golden” by Jill Scott

“His Eye Is On The Sparrow” by Whitney Houston

“India’Song” by India.Arie

“I Wish” by Stevie Wonder

“Lift Every Voice And Sing” by Bebe Winans

“Move On Up” by Curtis Mayfield

“Say It Loud – I’m Black And Proud” by James Brown

“Swing Low (Sweet Chariot)” by Etta James

“To Be Young, Gifted and Black” by Nina Simone

“Umi Says” by Mos Def

“Wake up Everybody” by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

“We Are Family” by Sister Sledge

“What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye

That’s it for today! Hope you enjoyed it 🙂

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Olivia February 23, 2021 - 1:33 am

I will be adding these songs to my Spotify! love this amazing article!

Andrew Chen February 25, 2021 - 6:11 pm

Great work. Realize values of different cultures make us all a better world. Good efforts!


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