I caught the documentary, Freedom Songs: The music of the civil rights movement on PBS just now. Check your local listings. It was released in 2009 and PBS has been playing it on and off since then(I'm assuming more so this month). It was part of their yearly contribution gift and from what I saw, it's a fantastic collection of music and interviews. It's a look into the roots of freedom songs and a loud wake up call to the African American community to act whether it be loudly and violently or holding hands and waiting for a change to come.
***James Brown switching his show to a live CBS broadcast last minute is a pretty great story. People stayed home to watch and avoided the streets of Boston that evening.
From Phil Ochs to Mahalia Jackson and back to the black churches where 3 small girls singing impromptu stirred a well known civil rights activist. Guys, it's something to see and hear.
Remember when music really mattered? Yea.
It's been a long, long time coming.