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Morning Song – Freedom Highway

January 18, 2017

Pops Staples wrote “Freedom Highway” in the spring of 1965 in the wake of the March from Selma to Montgomery; and the Staple Singers sang it at New Nazareth Church on Chicago’s South Side just a few weeks later.

If, as seems likely, President-elect Donald Trump doesn’t know what to expect from the citizens of the country he will soon govern, it will be in large part because he thinks Rep. John Lewis (yes, this John Lewis) is “all talk, talk, talk—no action or results“, and because he doesn’t have the first idea of where a song like “Freedom Highway” comes from.

March the freedom highway;
March each and every day.
Made up my mind and I won’t turn around;
Made up my mind and I won’t turn around….

 

 

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