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Music of the Movement: I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel to be Free)

In 1963 pianist and jazz historian Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas wrote about the dreams of the movement.

The song was covered extensively, notably by Nina Simone and Solomon Burke.

This continues a survey of songs of the Civil Rights era, leading up to the dedication of the Rev. Martin L. King, Jr. memorial on August 28.

Here is Taylor at the piano.

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