In this post, we listed books by African-American authors and illustrators that you and your class could study and read together to celebrate Black History Month. Here we go beyond books, to the inspiring music of African-American singers and songwriters.

Lift Every Voice & Sing
From the Album Lift Every Voice & Sing

The McIntosh County Shouters
From the Album Spirituals and Shout Songs from the Georgia Coast

Amazing Grace
Mahalia Jackson
From the Album Amazing Grace

America (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee) [Live at Lincoln Memorial] (Restored)
Marian Anderson & Kosti Vehanen
From the Album Let Freedom Ring

Ol’ Man River (From “Show Boat”)
Paul Robeson
From the Album Ol’ Man River (From “Show Boat”)

Young, Gifted And Black
Aretha Franklin
From the Album Young, Gifted And Black

Feeling Good
Nina Simone
From the Album Feeling Good Hit Pack

I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
Nina Simone
From the Album Lift Every Voice! Honoring The African American Musical Legacy

Swing Low (Sweet Chariot)
Etta James
From the Album Blowin’ In the Wind – The Gospel Soul of Etta James

Joplin: The Entertainer
Scott Joplin, Morten Gunnar Larsen
From the Album Fingerbreaker: Classics Of Ragtime And Early Jazz Piano

A Change Is Gonna Come
Sam Cooke
From the Album Ain’t That Good News (Remastered)

Stormy Weather
Lena Horne
From the Album Lena Horne Greatest Hits

Potato Head Blues
Louis Armstrong
From the Album Louis Armstrong – Potato Head Blues

Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald
From the Album The Very Best of Gershwin

So What
Miles Davis
From the Album Kind Of Blue (Legacy Edition)

What’s Going On
Marvin Gaye
From the Album What’s Going On – 40th Anniversary (Super Deluxe)

Pharrell Williams
From the Album Freedom

Glory (From the Motion Picture Selma)
Common & John Legend
From the Album Glory (From the Motion Picture Selma)

I See a Victory
Kim Burrell and Pharrell Williams
From the Album Hidden Figures: The Album