52 Birds: Week 1

Share: Monday (MLK) Music

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I hope you enjoy these historically relevant songs.

Today on the radio I heard about this article that describes Gil Scott-Heron's role in helping Stevie Wonder rally people in support of creating a holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Stevie Wonder wrote this song as part of the campaign to designate a national holiday in King's honor.



Not surprisingly, also played U2's "Pride (In the Name of Love)," a song written in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. When I searched for information on "Pride," U2's short-and-sweet "MLK" came up. This video sets the lullaby to footage of the 1963 March on Washington.



Finally, this recent video from Lenny Kravitz uses his personal childhood photos. He sings, "In 1963 my father married a black woman / and when they walked the streets they were in danger / look what 'cha done / But they just kept on walkin' forward hand in hand. / The future looks as though it has come around / and maybe we have finally found our common ground ... "


What other songs would you include in a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Leave a comment here or send me a tweet.