Music 101: songs of the Civil Rights movement

This week, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 17), Music 101 explores the music of the Civil Rights movement.

The show includes not only music but also news audio from the time. The songs included in this week’s show were part of the movement at the time, and some even made an impact on the charts.

Today, many of these songs live on as classics with a sound, and a message, that still resonates. 

Artists featured this week include:

  • Louis Armstrong
  • Billie Holiday
  • Bob Dylan
  • Betty Fikes
  • Sam Cooke



In each episode of Music 101, your host Margot highlights a different chapter in music history, bringing you songs you love and the stories behind them.

Listen to Music 101 on the Colorado Sound every Sunday at 10am MST, with the same episode repeated Wednesday at 8pm MST.

You can also hear recent episodes on our Music 101 show page