A young black man sits politely at the “whites only” counter in a diner as white men berate him, throw food at him, and eventually beat him. But when he hits the floor, another man takes his place at the counter. Watching this ghastly footage, captured during the bitter days of segregation, it seems impossible to imagine anyone willing to endure such senseless brutality. But pair images like this with soul-stirring folk songs like “I’m Gonna Sit at the Welcome Table,” “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize,” and “We Shall Overcome,” and suddenly anything seems possible. Soundtrack for a Revolution tells the story of the American civil rights movement through the music that fortified protestors as they struggled for equality. —David Kwok
Bittersweet film that honors freedom fighters and music. John Seigenthaler, Bobby Kennedy's Aide: "I know [MLK] gave his life not just to get equity for Black people but to free the mind of White people who were punishing them." Harry Belafonte: "Oral tradition has been the only tradition that has been able to sustain Black life in America, the only tradition through which we are able to know who we are."