With Barack Obama's recent inauguration as the nation's first African-American president, Black History Month (February) takes on added significance in 2009. Among the music-related projects being rolled out this month is Time Life's three-CD box set, "Let Freedom Sing: The Music of the Civil Rights Movement." Tied to the project's release is a two-hour documentary that will air on cable network TV One beginning Feb. 15 (8-10 p.m. ET).

Three years in the making, "Let Freedom Sing" ($44.98) is comprised of 58 songs that provide a compelling journey through an indelible chapter in American history. The selections range from well-known hits to rare recordings. Among the former: Aretha Franklin's "Respect," the Impressions' "People Get Ready" and James Brown's "Say It Loud-I'm Black and I'm Proud (Part 1)." Just as moving are the rare gems such as Brother Will Hairston's musical testimony about the Montgomery bus boycott, "The Alabama Bus," and Nat "King" Cole's unreleased protest song, "We Are Americans Too."

Rounding out the box set is a 40-page booklet with individual track vignettes by music historian Colin Escott and an introduction written by rap icon Chuck D. The Public Enemy frontman's 1996 recording, "The Pride," is also among the set's later offerings.

Premiering Sunday, Feb. 15, is TV One's visual companion to the Time Life project, "Let Freedom Sing: How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Movement." Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. is host of the two-hour documentary, co-produced by Brainstorm Media and Time Life. Leading activists in the movement-including former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young and actress Ruby Dee-share their recollections alongside those of noted historians, key politicians and influential musicians.

A repeat airing at midnight on Feb. 15 will be followed by a third airing the following week (Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. ET). Time Life is also set to release a DVD version of the documentary after its TV One debut.