By Jeremy Helligar. Little did Movie Malcolm know that Movie Cooke was sitting on a future classic that would go on to become the unofficial anthem of the civil rights movement and, in a way, practically define it. His gospel prayer hinges on the Christian faith that was forced upon Black slaves by their white masters and that, for many of them, provided the means to survive enslavement on a spiritual level. For them, a change was most likely to come with death. Those four lines brought the moment-of-truth desperation of the civil rights struggle to the forefront. Blacks had to have hope for a better world while here on earth, for if not now, then when? Barack Obama frequently played it at rallies during his first US presidential campaign in , and he quoted some of its lyrics to an audience of supporters in Chicago after he won.
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Half a century ago, on March 7, , state troopers knocked down, gassed, and beat a number of men and women who were participating in a peaceful march for voting rights in Selma, Alabama. It fell off the pop countdown, after peaking at No. As origin stories go, this one is satisfyingly precise and frustratingly incomplete. It pinpoints exactly what prodded Cooke to write a civil-rights-themed protest song, but says nothing about the specific protest song Cooke wound up writing, let alone the record he created a key distinction, which is too often elided.
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 struggle and of those around him, and that pertained to the Civil Rights Movement and African Americans. The song contains the refrain, "It's been a long time coming, but I know a change gon' come. Though only a modest hit for Cooke in comparison with his previous singles, "A Change Is Gonna Come" is widely considered Cooke's best composition and has been voted among the best songs ever released by various publications. In , the song was selected for preservation in the Library of Congress , with the National Recording Registry deeming the song "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important. On October 8, , en route to Shreveport, Louisiana , Cooke called ahead to the Holiday Inn North to make reservations for his wife, Barbara, and himself, but when he and his group arrived, the desk clerk glanced nervously and explained there were no vacancies. His wife nudged him, attempting to calm him down, telling him, "They'll kill you," to which he responded, "They ain't gonna kill me, because I'm Sam Cooke. When they arrived at the Castle Motel on Sprague Street downtown, the police were waiting for them, arresting them for disturbing the peace.
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