A Change is Gonna Come: Words and Music in the Spirit of Martin Luther King


January 14th, 2009 ~ As historic events take place in Washington, DC this holiday, American Routes reflects on the legacy of Martin Luther King in both words and music. We'll talk music with Civil Rights activist and college professor Julian Bond. Jazz trumpet legend Freddie Hubbard stops by to share stories of his life in the jazz world during those tumultuous times. All this plus songs and voices to commemorate our past and look to our future.

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  • Open Bed: We Shall Overcome Charlie Haden and Hank Jones
    Steal Away, Verve
  • Beautiful Tomorrow Mahalia Jackson
    How I Got Over: The Apollo Sessions, West Side
  • Clip: McCoy Tyner
  • Alabama John Coltrane
    Live At Birdland, Impulse
  • Freedom for the Stallion Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint
    The River In Reverse, Verve
  • Yes We Can Lee Dorsey
    Lee Dorsey: The Masters, Eagle
  • Lord, Don't Move the Mountain Inez Andrews
    Testify: The Gospel Box, Rhino
  • Instrumental: Keep the Faith Donald Harrison
    Real Life Stories, Nagel Heyer
  • SEGMENT: Julian Bond
  • Instrumental: Compositional Theme Story: Medleys, Anthems and Folklore Charles Mingus
    Mingus Plays Piano, Impulse
  • I'm Tired, I'm Tired (Things Better Change Before It's Too Late) Marva Whitney
    James Brown's Original Funky Divas, Polydor
  • When He Spoke Ruth Davis
    The Great Gospel Women, Vol. 2,
  • SEGMENT: Isaac Hayes
  • Paths of Victory Odetta
    Odetta Sings Dylan, Camden
  • Redemption Song Johnny Cash with Joe Strummer
    Redemption Songs, American
  • Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn Emmylou Harris
    Roses in the Snow, Warner
  • Open Bed: Backlash Freddie Hubbard
    Backlash, Koch
  • Buck's Going To Frenchtown Buckwheat Zydeco
    Jackpot!, Tomorrow
  • It's Been A Change Solomon Burke
    Home In Your Heart: The Best of Solomon Burke, Atlantic
  • Calypso Freedom Willie Peacock
    Voices of the Civil Rights Movement, Smithsonian Folkways
  • Clip: Cyril Neville
  • Meet the Boys on the Battlefront The Wild Tchoupitoulas
    The Wild Tchoupitoulas, Mango
  • Clip: Hugh Masekela
  • MaCongo Letta Mbulu
    Hugh Masekela Presents the Chisa Years 1965-1975, BBE
  • Instrumental: Marcus Garvey Monty Alexander with Ernest Ranglin
    Rocksteady, Telarc
  • SEGMENT: Freddie Hubbard
  • Instrumental: Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing Jason Moran
    Artist in Residence, EMI
  • Wade in the Water Mavis Staples
    Live Hope at the Hideout, anti
  • Wide River to Cross Levon Helm
    Dirt Farmer, Vanguard
  • I Shall Be Released Nina Simone
    The Very Best of Nina Simone,
  • Knockin' on Heaven's Door Bob Dylan
    The Best of Bob Dylan, Columbia
  • Blowin' in the Wind Stevie Wonder
    Greatest Hits, Motown
  • End Bed: The Prayer Oliver Sain
    St. Louis Breakdown: The Best of Oliver Sain, Excello