So much of music history is also Black history. Jazz and gospel have their roots with Black musicians and communities, and rock and roll owes an enormous debt to first Sister Rosetta Tharpe and then Chuck Berry.  Some of today’s biggest pop stars include musicians like Cardi B, Lizzo, and Janelle Monáe.  June is African-American Music Appreciation Month, so today Musicnotes wants to amplify Black voices – literally.  Here are 13 songs from the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and beyond, composed by Black songwriters and/or performed by Black artists.

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