THIS WEEK was the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The American clergyman and activist delivered the speech in 1963, during the civil rights movement, at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in front of more than 250,000 people. In the speech King demanded the end of racism in the United States saying: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
At present, our country still faces many problems of equality, violence and even lack of self-love, but thankfully music is at the forefront bringing these issues to light and pushing for change. In celebration of King’s inspirational words we bring you nine socially conscious songs of today. From hip-pop, to punk, to pop, take a listen to these artists’ messages.