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Black Lives Matter Playlist

14 Powerful Songs of Protest the Black Lives Matter Movement Has Inspired

Like any powerful social movement, Black Lives Matter has inspired a flood of artwork in its wake. As Professor Daphne A. Brooks writes, the cause has especially kicked off "a new golden age of protest music" with echoes of 1960s, when antiwar sentiment and the civil rights movement were at the forefront of the national consciousness. It was a time when artists like Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Sam Cooke quite literally raised their voices in protest to confront racism and antiblack violence. Now, a new wave of performers is following in those footsteps and providing a soundtrack both inspired by and in support of Black Lives Matter. Listen to some of the most stirring songs they've created in our playlist below.

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