1/2. Forty years after the tumultuous 1960s, Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman explores the evolution of Afro-American music following on from that era's black empowerment and civil rights movements, whose two most dynamic exponents, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr, were gunned down in 1965 and 1968, both aged 39. This two-parter - starting three days ahead of the 40th anniversary of King's death - examines how the leader's message has changed through the years, and asks if the quest for individual wealth has replaced the seemingly collective goals of blacks of the less jaded civil rights era.
Contributors include Stevie Wonder, Grandmaster Flash (aka Joseph Saddler), Public Enemy frontman Chuck D (aka Carlton Ridenhour), Gil Scott-Heron and others.
Producer Nicky Birch
Let freedom ring: pages 134-135
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