Written by: Julian Mocine-McQueen, Campaign and Partnerships Manager
Today, you can hear the songs on classic rock radio: “Time Has Come Today” by the Chambers Brothers, “Say It Out Loud (I’m black and I’m proud)” by James Brown, or Nina Simone’s “I Wish I Knew (How it Would Feel to be Free). But when they were first released, these songs—and many more—defined the civil rights era. They not only gave the movement a soundtrack, but provided inspiration to thousands who were risking life and limb to demand justice for all.
In fact, Martin Luther King believed the soul of the movement could be found in music.
“The freedom songs are playing a strong and vital role in our struggle,’’ Dr. King said. ‘‘They give the people new courage and a sense of unity. I think they keep alive a faith, a radiant hope in the future, particularly in our most trying hours.’’
Now, nearly fifty years later, that still rings true.
Green For All was founded on the idea that the best way to advance Dr. King’s dream and the gains of the Civil Rights Movement is to create real economic opportunity and dignified work for folks who have historically been left out—and that the growing green economy offers the most promise to do it.
And our movement still needs music—more than ever. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce our third annual Dream Reborn Song Competition. We’re calling on artists from around the country to submit tracks that will inspire—and breathe fire—into our movement.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for upcoming artists. The winner will get a music video produced by our talented production crew, promotion through our networks, and a $1,000 prize. Just check out the video we produced with last year’s winners, Invest and Silent C:
The contest starts today. We will gather submissions over the next two weeks and then beginning on February 4, you will have less than 3 weeks to get your friends, family and fans to vote for your song! The top three vote-getters will be the finalists. We’ll select the winners (with some judging help by the Ludacris foundation!) by March 1, 2013.