The 25 Most Important Civil Rights Moments in Music History

Sly Stone Confronts Racism on Stand!

Date: May 3, 1969

The top comment on the most popular YouTube stream of this song says it all: "you had to be there 1968 to 1970's as a young teen to fully understand this song we played this song as a protest song." Save the four line verse, this record is almost entirely an incessant repeat of the rebellious and uncomfortably catchy chorus. The album on which it can be found is called Stand!, an apt description for what was such a bold and brave move at the time.

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