A Change Is Gonna Come" is a song by American singer-songwriter Sam Cooke, released on December 22, 1964 by RCA Victor. Produced by Hugo & Luigi and arranged and conducted by René Hall, the song was the B-side to "Shake". The song concerns African-Americans and contains the refrain, "It's been a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come." The song was inspired by various personal events in Cooke's life, most prominently an event in which he and his entourage were turned away from a whites only motel in Louisiana. Cooke felt compelled to write a song that spoke to his and the struggle of those around him, and he recorded the song for its first release on his final album, Ain't That Good News.
Though only a modest hit for Cooke in comparison with his previous singles, "A Change Is Gonna Come" became an anthem for the American Civil Rights Movement. The song is widely considered Cooke's best composition and has been voted among the best songs ever released by various publications. In 2007, the song was selected for preservation in the Library of Congress, with the National Recording Registry deeming the song "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important."
I'm a big fan of Seal, and in the second link, he performs 'A Change is Gonna Come.' I thought he did a masterful job. (although, nothing can beat the classic) I thought it was worth sharing, and it captures the essence of that time period, when African Americans were treated beneath whites, in terms of civil liberties and equality.
I recently watched the movie, ''12 Years A Slave,'' a true story about a free man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. It was quite graphic, and more visually explicit than any other film I've seen on the topic of slavery. As I viewed the film, I couldn't fathom what it might be like to be a slave OR slave owner. How horrifying it must have been as a slave, to not be in control of your own destiny, fear for your life on a daily basis, and have no freedom of your own. And how depraved must a man become to own a human being, thinking he has a right to treat it like property? The movie offers a message of hope, to anyone struggling to make sense of adversity, and to see it through. Nothing I have ever been through thus far in my life, no matter how impactful it might have felt at the time to me, will remotely ever match the pain, suffering and horrors that transpired during the time period of slavery.
And yet, racism still exists in the United States, and across the globe. But, we have come a long way. A change did come...but we mustn't become complacent. This type of change can never stop...
It reminds me of this quote...
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -~ Edmund Burke