Season 23, Episode 10 Soundtrack for a Revolution

First Aired: May 9, 2011

"Even as we were thrown in jail someone would sing a song," recalls Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) in this history of the civil-rights movement and its freedom music, featuring potent performances by John Legend, the Roots, Wyclef Jean, Angie Stone, Joss Stone, Mary Mary, and Anthony Hamilton and the Blind Boys of Alabama. The documentary charts the years from the 1955 Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott to 1968 MLK Jr. assassination; and includes remarks from Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond and Andrew Young.

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  • Premiered: October 4, 1988
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: This much-honored PBS documentary series explores American history, one topic or person at a time. Its Peabody Award winners include profiles of FDR and Malcolm X, and such diverse topics as Nixon's 1972 trip to China, the controversy surrounding `Citizen… (more)

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