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Why Sam Cooke's 'A Change Is Gonna Come' became a Civil Rights anthem

Amongst the dread, fear and violence of the 1964 Freedom Summer in Mississippi, political scientist Professor Mary King describes how Sam Cooke’s record became a symbol of hope: "No matter what I’m doing, I stop and I listen to the song, because it’s grabbed my heart."

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