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Listen to the Selma-Montgomery Freedom Songs | Smithsonian

Of the songs heard during the credits following the acclaimed Ava DuVernay film Selma, one of them, performed by John Legend and the rapper Common, already won the Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination.

But another track in the credits features the very voice of the marchers, whose songs of hope, defiance and unity were directly captured and documented by a man who carried a large tape recorder under his coat. Carl Benkert was a successful architectural interior designer from Detroit who had come down South in 1965 with a group of local clergy to take part and bear witness to the historic march for voting writes from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, for voting rights.

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