Let Freedom Sing: How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Movement

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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 ...
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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.
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Special Features

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

  • Release Date: 6/2/2009
  • UPC: 610583362190
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Source: Time Life Records
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Louis Gossett Jr. Voice Only
Technical Credits
Jon Goodman Director, Screenwriter
Lee Chi-Ho Editor
Colin Escott Screenwriter
Charles Hannah Producer
Michael Jacobs Editor
Mike Jason Executive Producer
Jeff Meier Executive Producer
Meyer Shwarzstein Producer
Christina Alexandra Voros Cinematographer
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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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Disc #1 -- Let Freedom Sing: How Music Shaped the Civil Rights Movement
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   Bonus Interviews
      Louis Gossett, Jr. Interview
      Chuck D Interview
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   Music of the Civil Rights Movement
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Civil Rights Movement - Pictures, words, and music

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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