People Get Ready – The Impressions

Hello folks, I hope you took time out of your Sunday schedule to remember all those young men and women that died to give us peace and freedom in both great wars and during the Cold War period.
Between 1955 and 1975, we had two significant events that are still influencing my concepts of what freedom and peace should mean. The first is the war after which the young men and women that fought were not celebrated like their brothers and sisters who fought in both World Wars and the the Korean War.
That was the Vietnam War, that started November 1, 1955. I was just shy of my fifth birthday, but I grew during the conflict to see one or two of my classmates here in Canada drop out of school to go fight a war they could not win. I was 24 when it ended April 30, 1975.
During that 20 year period I would see Americans begin to resent their country’s involvement in another country’s civil war.
There was protest all over the world, but predominantly in the United States of America (USA). While in high school I read the “Quiet American,” by Graham Greene. Although a fictional account of the failing days of French Colonialism in Southeast Asia. It does speak to the naïveté of the USA, its involvement, and its quest to stop Communism.
The other incident was the rise of the “Black Power Movement.” The Black Power Movement was officially started in 1967, although the phrase was used in 1954, by Richard Wright in his book and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. in 1966.
Although a few people like to separate the movement started by people like Stoke Carmichael (Kwame Ture) and Malcolm X and that promoted by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., both were seeking the same social justice for African-Americans.
Now what does that have to do with “Soulful Sunday?” Well during that period as teenagers we protested, listened, fell in love, and made a family listening to some of the best music.
I want to dedicate this week’s “Soulful Sunday to those young men and women that lost their lives fighting injustice and suppression of freedom.
Today I start off with a Gospel song that crossed over on to the Billboard Pop chart and the R&B charts. The song was written a year after the “March on Washington,” and Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have A Dream speech. The song to many captured the hope and inspiration of the march. Its words would cross both religious and racial boundaries. Since then the song has been covered by so many other artists including the late Robert Nesta Marley, when he was part of the trio Wailers.
Here is Curtis Mayfield and the impressions with “People Get Ready.”

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