Protest Songs and Poetry


Below is a list of amazing protest and civil rights songs and poetry.  If you know of any songs or poetry that would make great additions to this list please email



Rhiannon Giddens Singing at the NYC Occupy Wall St Movement Camp

Which Side Are you On (Pete Seeger Cover) – Ani Difranco

Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around (Famous Civil Rights Song ) – Aria Saudade

Maya Angelou, “And Still I Rise” remastered for the 2017 Skoll World Forum

Poet Nina Mariah reading her poem, “Nasty Women” which became a highlight speech of the 2017 DC Women’s March

Kyla Jenée Lacey – “White Privilege” @WANPOETRY

Remi Kanazi‘s “This Divestment Bill Hurts My Feelings” highlighting proposed US legislation trying to outlaw anyone boycotting Israel

MILCK singing “I cant Keep Quiet” at the 2017 Women’s March on Washington

Bhi Bhiman feat. Rhiannon Giddens “Up in Arms”

Common, John Legend – Glory

Bob Dylan – Masters of War

Mystery of Iniquity (Live) – Lauryn Hill

Nina Simone: Mississippi Goddam

Billie Holiday-Strange Fruit

Otis Redding – A Change Is Gonna Come

Woody Guthrie~ All You Fascists Bound To Lose

Gil Scott Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

John Lennon – Imagine

Curtis Mayfield – Power to the People

Occupy Dame Street: Billy Bragg singing ‘There is power in a union’

I Ain’t Marching Anymore -Phil Ochs

Mavis Staples – We Shall Not Be Moved

We Shall Over Come – Mahalia Jackson

During Ukraine’s Revolution, a piano was set up near a line of special police, while protesters, including the Piano Extremist, played the piano, police blasted back their own recorded music.