We've come a long way since the 1960s when everything boiled to a head, but we still have a long way to go. I could get maudlin and stand on my soapbox or wax poetic about my experiences, but I'd rather reflect on the holiday with a playlist, and what better way to kick off a new series of Top 10s on Ear Buds than with some songs dedicated to the MLK holiday? Introspective musings, hopeful serenades, narrative-style accounts, empowering battle cries, righteous rage-filled anthems — all these and more are represented. Check them out below.
1. "Hammer," Bob Marley
2. "Say It Loud — I'm Black and I'm Proud," James Brown
3. "The Wrong Way," TV on the Radio
4. "Hurricane," Bob Dylan
5. "Power to the People," Curtis Mayfield
6. "Soldier," Erykah Badu
7. "Wake Up," Rage Against the Machine
8. "Umi Says," Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def
9. "Black Skinhead," Kanye West
10. "Living for the City," Stevie Wonder
What are your favorite Civil Rights-minded/protest tracks? Leave your opinion in the comments below...