Back to top

Selected Discography

What follows is a small sample of albums and artists of historical or contemporary relevance to issues of racial equity and social justice. From the Civil Rights Movement to the Black Lives Matter movement of today, this discography merely represents a starting point for exploring issues of race within popular music genres from the 1960s through today.


The Essential Mahalia Jackson—Mahalia Jackson

Sam Cooke’s SAR Records Story 1959-1965—Sam Cooke

A Love Supreme—John Coltrane

Stand!—Sly & The Family Stone

The Essential Nina Simone—Nina Simone

This Is Madness—Last Poets


Various Artists Compilations:

Voices of the Civil Rights Movement

Change Is Gonna Come: Voice Of Black America

Say It Loud! Black Music in America



What’s Going On—Marvin Gaye

Rappin’ Black in a White World—Watts Prophets

The Best of Gil Scott-Heron—Gil Scott-Heron

Back to the World—Curtis Mayfield

Chocolate City—Parliament

Young, Gifted and Black—Aretha Franklin



Hits—Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five

Straight Outta Compton—N.W.A.

It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back—Public Enemy

By All Means Necessary—Boogie Down Productions

All Hail The Queen—Queen Latifah



To the East, Backwards—X Clan

Ready To Die—Notorious B.I.G.

3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life of—Arrested Development

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill—Lauryn Hill

The Low End Theory—Tribe Called Quest

Nu Nation Project—Kirk Franklin

Soul Food—Goodie Mob





Game Theory—The Roots

The Beautiful Struggle—Talib Kweli

New Amerykah Part One—Erykah Badu



To Pimp A Butterfly—Kendrick Lamar

The Electric Lady—Janelle Monae

The Love and War MasterPeace—Raheem DeVaughn

Black Messiah—D’Angelo