Sister Helen's Justice Train Playlist

Get on board!

How do you keep your spirits up, how do you keep on keeping on in tough and challenging times?

One of the best ways I know is through music:

  • Music that reminds us what we’re struggling for.
  • Music that reminds us of why it’s worth the struggle.
  • Music that strengthens us when we need to be brave; that lifts up up when we’re feeling lost or helpless; that reminds us of our own power; that connects us through our common humanity.
  • Songs we can sing when we’re facing down injustices in the world.

Music has played an important role in the struggle for justice - for people and the earth - throughout the years and across the continents.

The Justice Train must keep rolling, so let’s share our music so we can keep rolling along with it. I want your suggestions! You’ll find a submission box below the playlist.

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The Justice Train Playlist

Click the song title to view a performance, see the lyrics, and see who nominated the song and why they chose it.

Performer /composer
The Beatles
The Avett Brothers
Carolyn Arends
John Lennon
The Alternate Routes
Melanie Safka
Ms. Lauryn Hill
Andra Day
Simon and Garfunkel
N’we Jinan
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Sweet Honey in the Rock
Buffalo Springfield
Richie Havens
Ana Tijoux
Bruce Springstein
Jason Nelson
The Hollies
The Youngbloods
Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole
Gloria Gaynor
The Freedom Singers
Ludwig van Beethoven
Playing for Change
Bill Withers
Broken Social Scene
Nina Simone
Elle Varner
Florence Reese
Mahalia Jackson
Oliver Mtukudzi
Bob Marley and the Wailers
Martha and the Vandellas
Carrie Newcomer
Jamila Woods
Lola Kristine
Chance the Rapper
Briggs & Gurrumul & Dewayne Everettsmith
Common, John Legend
Lenny Kravitz
Martina McBride
Judy Collins/Millard Lampell
Bob Dylan / Performed by Wilco / Fleet Foxes
The Brooklyn Allstars
Paul the Resonator

Do you have a song that deserves to ride the Justice Train? Let us know about it below.