Some Protest Songs with Legs - let's adapt the words and use them to our advantage!

People protest different things. But they often use the same songs. And no matter what the movement's goals are, the people in them sing.

Throughout American movements music has been a source of both personal and collective empowerment – a tool used to bridge the apparent distance between individuals, to remind each other we're stronger together than alone. Music can often reach the "other side of the brain" with our message and thus overcome resistance.

Whether activists gather about 9/11 Truth or a protest on Wall Street - music is again playing a vital role in collective empowerment. Whether quoting these timeless anthems on signs or developing their own rhythms to chant and songs to sing, the people gathering across the nation find music a necessary tool in their campaign.

With that in mind, here's a look at some of the most timeless anthems of movements for social change and how they've evolved through the years.

We Shall Overcome

We Shall Not Be Moved

Solidarity Forever

This Little Light of Mine

This Land Is Your Land

Which Side Are You On?

Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around

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