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Social justice music for the Fourth of July

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This Fourth of July may feel like a difficult time to celebrate. As our nation faces its sixth week in protest over racial injustice, many Black Lives Matter activists are calling for a boycott on Independence Day. In the 19th century, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison made the same call, urging Americans to abandon celebratory traditions until the abolishment of slavery. Rather than celebrating freedom with a backyard barbecue and sparklers, consider contributing to campaigns aimed at achieving racial equality and freedom for all in America. Swap out the trite nationalist tunes for our “Social Justice 4th of July” playlist, and also check out “Nü Sound’s Guide to Protest Music” for other Black Lives Matter anthems.

Listen to the playlist on Spotify:

Tracklist:

1. Childish Gambino- “This is America”
2. The Killers- “Land of The Free”
3. H.E.R.- “I Can’t Breathe”
4. Beyoncé- “Freedom (feat. Kendrick Lamar)”
5. Noname- “Song 33”
6. Shea Diamond- “I Am America”
7. Joey Bada$$- “GOOD MORNING AMERIKKKA”
8. Nina Simone- “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free”
9. Leon Bridges- “Sweeter (feat. Terrace Martin)”
10. Anderson .Paak- “Lockdown”
11. A Tribe Called Quest- “We The People…”
12. Solange- “Mad (feat. Lil’ Wayne)”
13. Janelle Monae- “Americans”
14. Ty Dolla $ign- “No Justice (feat. TC)”
15. Conway the Machine- “Front Lines”
16. Jim Jones- “The People”
17. J. Cole- “Change”
18. Arrested Development- “Revolution”
19. D’Angelo- “The Charade”
20. Nija, Beyoncé, Busiswa, Yemi, Alade, Tierra Whack, DJ Lag, Moonchild Sanelly- “MY POWER”

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