Sunday Playlist: 'Keep moving'
Martin Luther King and his wife Coretta Scott King lead a voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in March, 1965.
January 20th, 2013
06:45 AM ET

Sunday Playlist: 'Keep moving'

By Chip Grabow, CNN

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(CNN) - Welcome to the CNN Soundwaves Sunday Playlist, our weekly look at compelling sounds made by others that we find interesting and worth sharing.

This week, the second inauguration of President Barack Obama and the official Martin Luther King holiday. Both events are happening Monday, so we're taking those as inspiration and present some related listening for this week's Sunday Playlist.


  • Martin Luther King in Birmingham, 1963 – At this time during the long fight for Civil Rights, hundreds of activists had already been arrested in Birmingham, Alabama. King himself was arrested and held in jail for 11 days. In May, 1963 he delivered his famous "Keep Moving" speech at St. Luke's Baptist Church. "If you can't walk, crawl! But by all means, keep moving." Listen to this recording from Smithsonian Folkways:
  • Emancipation Proclamation – It's worth noting in light of the President Obama's inauguration that this year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The Executive Order made by President Lincoln on January 1st, 1863 required that all people enslaved in Confederate territory be freed. Though it didn't result in the freeing of all slaves, it was the first step in making all Americans free. Hear more about Lincoln's order in this production from "Backstory with the American History Guys:"  
  • "We have nothing to fear..." – Finally, a look back 80 years to the inauguration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1933. The United States was in the midst of the Great Depression. It was a challenging time for a president to start his first term. Roosevelt took the opportunity of his inauguration speech to calm the American people. This was the address in which Roosevelt uttered the famous words, "We have nothing to fear but fear itself." What we often don't hear is the rest of that sentence:

So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself–nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and of vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. And I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.

Listen to the complete address as you prepare for Monday's inauguration of President Barack Obama.

-The CNN Radio Team

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