Songs For The Movement: Black Gold

The Songs for the Movement section of N.A.H. houses selected protest songs for social justice from the past and the present.

Today’s entry in Songs for the Movement is “Black Gold” by Esperanza Spalding with Algebra Blessett, featuring Lionel Loueke.

I share this song for its statement about the limited stories that are told related to Africa and African history, and its positive message and intended impact on the self-awareness and self-esteem of Black people.

“They’ll be folks hell-bent on putting you down
Don’t get burned
Not necessarily everyone will know your worth…

Hold your head as high as you can
High enough to see who you are, little man
Life sometimes is cold and cruel
Baby no one else will tell you so remember that

You are Black Gold, Black Gold
You are Black Gold”

If you have suggestions for Songs for the Movement, share them in the comments or via email.

Ubuntu,

From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW

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I’m a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities.

“Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian” is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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