Top 10 Civil Rights Anthems for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Martin Luther King Jr. loved South Florida. He visited the region many times throughout his career. He was a contemporary of some of Miami's most upstanding citizens, like Father Theodore Gibson of Overtown, as well as some of our most venerable party starters, like WMBM disc jockey Milton "Butterball" Smith. He even wrote an early version of the famous "I Have A Dream Speech" at the Hampton House Hotel and Villas in Miami's historic Brownsville neighborhood.

Today we celebrate the man, the myth, and the legend with the top ten civil rights anthems to commemorate the legacy of the struggle, and to remember that it continues to this day.



10. The Roots' "Can't Turn Me Round"
We may have a black president, but America is still an institutionally racist nation. The struggle for justice continues to this day, so it's a good thing The Roots are here to remind us of the past and help lead us into the future.



9. Sam Cooke's A Change Is Gonna Come
When Sam Cooke walked away from the gospel band he fronted, The Soul Stirrers, he crooned his way into America's pop charts with a hit called "You Send Me." But with "A Change Is Gonna Come," he dug into the very soul of the nation and delivered greater truth than any court.
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