Tragedy and Art: The Power of Sam Cooke's 'A Change Is Gonna Come'

October 1, 2014 10:11 PM

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Tragedy and Art: The Power of Sam Cooke's 'A Change Is Gonna Come'

Fifty-one years ago, September 15, 1963, a coward murdered four little girls in an African-American church in Birmingham. It was an act of terrorism, an attempt to stem the rising tide of the civil rights movement. America -- black and white -- reacted in horror, anger, revulsion, determination.

For President Lyndon Johnson and a handful of determined congressmen, the bombing, along with the March on Washington, the Mississippi Freedom Summer and the events in Selma, collectively acted as a catalyst in the creation and implementation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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