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American Sociological Association Names Top Protest Songs

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welcome to this is america in voa special english. i'm barbara klein. this week we bring you some of the most important protest songs of the past century.

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voice:

music is a way to express thoughts, feelings and ideas. people have written protest songs to speak about political and social issues. protest songs have denounced slavery, war, poverty and inequality. they have supported peace and civil rights.

the american sociological association has made a list of the most important protest songs in america during the past century. the list of fourteen songs was published in the journal contexts. we will tell about eight of those songs.

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during the civil rights movement of the nineteen fifties and nineteen sixties, african-americans protested for equal rights. the american sociological association says two songs were probably sung the most during that time. they are "we shall overcome" and "ain't gonna let nobody turn me 'round." both songs are versions of traditional spiritual songs sung by black people.

the organization also named another song from the civil rights movement on its list of important protest songs. the song is "lift every voice and sing." it was written by brothers james weldon johnson and j. rosamond johnson in the early nineteen hundreds. the words of the song came from a poem james weldon johnson wrote. he had been asked to speak at a birthday celebration in his hometown in florida for former president abraham lincoln. the song later became know as the national song of praise for african-americans. singer kelli williams recorded "lift every voice and sing."

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