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The Sound Of Dissent: What Today’s Protest Anthems Tell Us About This Movement

Rapper Kendrick Lamar performs at the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on in Indio, California.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar performs at the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on in Indio, California.

“Strange Fruit.” “Fortunate Son.” “What’s Going On.” Protest songs are part of the American story.

Examples include the “freedom songs” of the ’50s and the anti-war folk music of the ’60s and ’70s.

Music is also part of the current demonstrations against police brutality and racism. The songs of Kendrick Lamar and Pop Smoke are common protest anthems.

What protest songs, both new and old, resonate with you? What songs do you consider protest music and why?

Find our protest anthems and yours here. 

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