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A Change Is Gonna Come

The Sam Cooke song "A Change Is Gonna Come" was released 50 years ago in March of 1964. It was written by Cooke as a response to the anger he felt after being turned away at a hotel in Shreveport, Louisiana. It became one of the anthems of the civil rights movement and is still as moving today as it was the day it was released. Hear the story of the song from a NPR All Things Considered segment and catch up on his story and music.


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