10 Iconic Black Activists Celebrated In Music Lyrics

Celebrating the lives and legacies of the icons of Black History has been a U.S. tradition every February since 1970. And each year brings with it the opportunity to find new ways to point to the legacies of black pioneers. This year, LyricFind, the music industry leader in licensed lyric solutions and data, used their data to determine who were the Black history icons mentioned most in song lyrics.


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As can be expected, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, leaders of the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. in the 1960s, top this data chart with over 600 mentions in lyrics between the two. And while other U.S. centered icons, like Rosa Parks, Fred Hampton, and Jacke Robinson, have been mentioned widely as well, the chart also features international leaders like Nelson Mandela and Marcus Garvey, who point to the vivid legacy of Pan-African movements.


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