Freedom Songs

Freedom songs were very popular in the Civil Rights Movement. These songs spoke of freedom and perseverance. Many of the songs speak about historical events, people, and places; try to pick up on these while you listen! The copies of these songs are straight from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, so the recordings aren’t perfect – expect some skips! Listen and enjoy, and while you do, think about the meaning of the lyrics!

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Oh Freedom

Set on Freedom 

This Little Light of Mine

Turn Me Round

Wade in the Water

We Shall not be Moved

We Shall Overcome

Leave a post to say which song was your favorite!



  1. Beth replied:

    These songs are great! It is a wonderful way to portray the significance of the Civil Rights movement.

  2. krl4 replied:

    I love connecting music with learning it is a great way for students to remember things

  3. krj6 replied:

    Music is a great way to engage the students. You could even have them bring in songs that they think would have made great freedom songs.

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