Protest Songs: Black Lives Matter

Dec 31, 1969
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Will you: 

The day after a grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who strangled Eric Garner on Staten Island, Questlove put out a challenge, calling for: "...real stories. Real narratives. Songs with spirit in them. Songs with solutions. Songs with questions. Protest songs... that speak truth...." He said that his soul was aching for "just ONE or Two songs that change the course."

Who is answering Questlove's call?

Do you think that any of the songs embedded in or linked to this mission might be part a "voice of the times that we live in" as Questlove called for?

What other songs would you put forward as meaningful protest songs for this important moment in history?

Annotate these songs, and write reviews of them, explaining how how they answer (or fall short of) Questlove's challenge to produce "community minded" songs of protest for our times.