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Beyonce Covers ‘A Change Is Gonna Come,’ Pays Tribute To Smokey, Stevie, Seger

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On July 20, Beyonce made a stop in Detroit, Michigan as part of her current world tour, The Mrs. Carter Show.  It also just so happened to be the same day the city filed for bankruptcy.

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Being the humanitarian she is, Bey attempted to spread some good vibes by dedicating Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” to the city and its inhabitants.

She posted a black and white clip of the performance to her YouTube page; it begins by panning over the sea of fans screaming for Bey before she launches into the song, which was released in 1964 and became an anthem for the Civil Rights Movement.

The video also features shots of the city that celebrate its great history from Motown to the auto industry. The clip also honors some of Detroit’s famous inhabitants including Bob SegerAretha Franklin, Aaliyah, Smokey RobinsonStevie WonderMarvin GayeEminemJack White, and with Kid Rock, who made his own comments about the city’s troubles recently. Ted Nugent wasn’t included in the montage, and has yet to comment about not being included.

Watch the clip below.

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