For many in America Martin Luther King Jr. day is just another day off of work. Why no universal traditions, mass reflection or soul searching on how to build a better world free of injustice?
Sure, MLK day is an honored time for civil rights activists and an opportunity to shine a light on civil rights and the life of Martin Luther King. But what is it to you? How will you contribute to the dream of MLK this year? Will you help bring people together or drive us further apart?
This playlist honors the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. It may be a good starting point to help you reflect on not just this martyred American hero, but something even more important.
"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ode To MLK Playlist
1. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speaking - Martin Luther King, Jr.
2. Why? (The King Of Love Is Dead) - Nina Simone
3. Freedom For My People - Satan & Adam
4. Blues For Martin Luther King - Otis Spann
5. Freedom Highway - The Staple Singers
6. Letter To Dr. Martin Luther King - Sweet Honey In The Rock
7. Pride - U2
8. A Change Is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke
9. We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue - Curtis Mayfield
10. Happy Birthday Martin Luther King - Evan Belize
11. We Must Love Each Other - Martin Luther King, Jr.
12. Message From A Black Man - The Temptations
13. All Of God's Children Ain't Free - Johnny Cash
14. Abraham, Martin And John - Smokey Robinson
15. Freedom Train - Lenny Kravitz
16. March! For Martin Luther King - John Fahey
17. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll - Bob Dylan
18. We Shall Overcome - Bruce Springsteen
19. Martin Luther King - Cathy Fink
20. Martin Luther King Southside - Big Joe Turner
21. I Have A Dream - Herbie Hancock
22. Like A King - Ben Harper
23. I Shall Be Released - The Band
24. April 4, 1968: Assassination Of Martin Luther King, Jr. - Walter Cronkite
25. MLK - U2