New Civil Rights Songbook by Guy and Candie Carawan

Sing For Freedom: The Story of The Civil Rights Movement Through Its Songs has been hailed by Coretta Scott King as “a major contribution to our heritage that should be read and treasured by freedom and justice-loving people everywhere.” Harry Belafonte has praised it by saying: “more than a songbook, this collection places the important repertoire of civil rights songs in historical perspective with photographs, interviews, and oral histories of activists.”

Combining two previous collections of freedom songs, We Shall Overcome (1963) and Freedom is a Constant Struggle (1968) (originally published by Sing Out!), Sing For Freedom: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement Through Its Songs features an introductory essay by the editors, important documentary photographs, and scores of first-hand accounts by participants in the 1960s struggle for civil rights. Issued by New South Books, Montgomery, Louisville (2007), with a foreword by Julian Bond, Sing For Freedom and other books and CDs by Guy and Candie Carawan may be ordered from the Highlander Research and Education Center bookstore.

Originally posted: August 1, 2008