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Spotify playlist: Civil rights anthems for listening on MLK Day

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Nina Simone's rendition of "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free" is included in the latest Highway 309 playlist for Spotify.

A few years ago, NPR embarked on a terrific yearlong series called American Anthem, focused on the songs that rouse, unite, celebrate and call to action.

In that spirit, WCBU asked student producer Samantha Hill to make a Highway 309 playlist of her own — featuring songs inspired by and coming out of the civil rights movement. It's a good listening companion heading into Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 16.

Listen to the playlist below. And follow WCBU's music service Highway 309 on Spotify.

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Samantha Hill is an audio production intern at WGLT. She started in 2020.