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Let Freedom Sing: How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Movement (2009)

Various Artists , not specified  |  NR |  DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various Artists
  • Directors: not specified
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Time Life Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 2, 2009
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001XJBDN0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,110 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Let Freedom Sing powerfully retells one of the greatest stories in American history, the Civil Rights Movement, in a compelling new way... through the singers and songwriters who fought for change through their music. This amazing DVD chronicles the power of lyrics and songs that helped move a generation during turbulent times, bringing change to our country. This is the story that made President
Obama's success possible, told for the first time through the music that drove it and those who were there. Narrated by Louis Gosset Jr., interviews with Gladys Knight, Isaac Hayes, Chuck D, Andrew Young, Quincy Jones, Pete Seeger and more. Also features 29 performances, 10 top ten classic hits! Includes Respect, Change Is Gonna Come, People Get Ready, Fight the Power and What's Going On.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best documentaries I have ever seen December 11, 2009
A Kid's Review
Pay attention, teachers! This is one of the rare moments, that entertainment and information really mix well.
I couldn't stop watching the documentary, it was so fascinating. The combination of autherntic material (e. g. TV footage), interviews and commentary is absolutely fantastic. I teach English for Advanced Learners, and part of our curriculum is the history of the African-Americans, a topic - so far away from what Germans "know", that it is always a challenged to really get the message of the Civil Rights Movement across. My students too were very impressed by the DVD. It is often hard to put yourself into another man's shoes, especially if your ethnic background is totally different. But "Let freedom" ring really gets under your skin - and let's you take a glimpse at the world it must have looked like for an African-American.
I can only recommend this DVD - and we defenitely need more of that kind!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have June 5, 2009
This is probably the most important documentaries about the Civil Rights Movement and it's music that has ever been done and that you could ever watch. This is a MUST for anybody who is into the history of the Civil Rights Movement and/or the music of the time.
See how music helped the movement not only reflected what was going on, but influenced the things that went on during that time.
Here the music of Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gay, Aretha Franklin, Issac Hayes, The Blind Boys of Alabama, James Brown and so many more. Here how they helped in the movement through the songs that they sang.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiration! August 10, 2010
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I loved this DVD! I am a choir teacher, and my students also enjoyed the movie. The only thing...if you're showing it to students, there is some swearing towards the end of the movie. I got parent permission for my students to view it, so it was fine...but something to know if you're showing it to kids! A great movie!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let Freedom Sing February 20, 2013
By Rose
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Excellent documentary on the civil rights movement, how important the freedom songs and other artists music played a role in the struggle. RM
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring June 21, 2013
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This is a really great perspective on the Civil Rights Movement. It is also a fantastic teaching tool and I would recommend it for a high school classroom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Teaching Tool October 3, 2012
I teach a class on social movements to college students and include a section on the role of music in protest and this film is simply amazing for that. The inclusion of a diverse range of celebrities and activists and the wonderful music keeps the students interested while the film offers a historical arch (1930s-1990s) on the Black Freedom Movement often left out of traditional narratives of civil rights.
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