I spent the past few days huddling with a posse of like minded souls, thinking and talking about what we can do to help keep our country from sliding off the rails. And as we gathered, and planned, and thought about the long line of civil rights activists that came before us, this song came to mind.
So instead of my usual varied Monday links, I give you 7 of my favorite versions of the great 1965 song by The Impressions that has become an anthem for so many.
Here’s Curtis Mayfield himself, breaking it down with a whole bunch of priceless outfits on stage with him.
The Reverend Al Green, joined by Linda Jones and Wanda Neal, has a smile that could sink a thousand ships.
Ok so this one isn’t a video, but it’s Aretha Franklin. And as she is the Queen of Soul, her rendition of this song is not to be missed.
Eva Cassidy Keeping it real at the Blues Alley jazz supper club in Georgetown, DC, on the 3rd of January back in 1996.
It wouldn’t be a playlist without a reggae break. So here’s the son of God, Ziggy Marley, with his joyous version.
Alicia Keys, singing her heart out at the piano, before she stopped wearing make up.
And last but not least, Rod Stewart. Seated, unplugged, and bespeckled, but still killing it.