Say it Loud- I’m Black and I’m Proud James Brown
James Brown was a revolutionary in more ways than one. This song was so bold and refreshing for this time period. Released in 1968, in the midst of the Civil Rights movement, the song sent a message of pride in a peaceful manner. In his autobiography Brown said he was very conscious about the tone of the song: “But really, if you listen to it, it sounds like a children’s song. That’s why I had children in it, so children who heard it could grow up feeling pride…” Brown also said the song cost him a lot of his crossover audience, but as you can see from the video above, some whites were definitely down.