"Say it Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud"-Written by James Brown
This moving song was recorded and released in 1968
Now we's demands a chance to do things for ourselves
We're tired of beating our heads against the wall
And working for someone else, hu
Now we're our people, too
We're like the birds and the bees,
But we'd rather die on our feet,
Than keep a'living on our knees
The entire meaning of just this small part of the song is actually simple. In a time where those with lighter skin could do what they pleased, those African Americans that were left had no choice but to go along with what the white Americans were saying.This song in James Brown's way of saying that he wants it to end, and that just because those who are white say it is right, it still needs to stop.
Brown's goal with this song was to make African Americans feel proud of who they were. That there is no shame in being black, that it is actually a marvelous thing. In a time period where being black was a negative thing, it was very empowering to hear the message, "I'm Black and I'm Proud."
Many can say that James Browns song was almost a musical version of Stokely Carmichael's "Black Power" speech. This concept can help understand that although his song is something that many can dance to, the message is beyond effective with his moving words.
More songs from James Brown-
Get Up Offa That Thing
Please, Please, Please
Living In America