Watch: The Roots Tribute Civil Rights Movement With “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around”
From directors Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman and executive producer Danny Glover, the film tells the story of the African-American Civil Rights Movement through its powerful music, “freedom songs.”
Inspired by the remnants of slave chants and the labor movement, these songs represented unity as protesters sang them on picket lines, in mass meetings, in paddy wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality.
Joining The Roots in the documentary are some of music’s most esteemed talent including John Legend, Joss Stone, Anthony Hamilton, Wyclef Jean, Angie Stone, TV on the Radio, and Mary Mary.
Soundtrack For a Revolution also includes archival footage and interviews with civil rights leaders, including Congressman John Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond, and Ambassador Andrew Young.
For “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around,” Black Thought busts out his singing chops and the music video combines a studio session of The Roots with historic footage of the movement which lasted from 1955 to 1968. Enjoy below.