No matter what level of education I was in, history class had one constant theme. History repeats itself. It didn’t matter if we were learning about war, foreign policy, or even the economy; history repeats itself. As disheartening as it is to say, the same holds true when discussing racial injustices. History. Repeats. Itself. Yes, we can flip through books and other literature to see the progression of equality given to African-Americans, but that does not negate the fact we still have so far to go. It doesn’t take away the hurt that is felt and the confusion that consumes our minds.
In times of distress people often look to music when needing to cope. This time is no different. I’ve heard the new music being released from Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, and so many others with topics related to police brutality and the racial injustices we as a community are facing. After hearing their songs I wanted to listen to songs of the past related to the same topics. We often go to our parents and grandparents about life and how they handled inequalities; why not go one step further and listen to the music of those times as well? So here it is: five songs, spanning decades of the fight against racial inequalities. Peep the following page for the classic releases. – Brooke Monet