“We Shall Overcome” – by Martin Luther King, Jr.

On 31st March1968, just four days before his assassination, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a speech at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., inspired by a previous sermon when he had recited parts of the hymn “We shall overcome” to the interfaith congregation at Temple Israel in Hollywood, California. The resonant line of the folk… Read More “We Shall Overcome” – by Martin Luther King, Jr.

🎶 We Shall Overcome 🎶 (4. Use in protest movements)

In August 1963, Joan Baez led a crowd of 300,000 in several verses taken from “We Shall Overcome” at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Even President Lyndon Johnson, himself a Southerner, used the phrase “we shall overcome” in a speech delivered after the violent attacks on Civil Rights… Read More 🎶 We Shall Overcome 🎶 (4. Use in protest movements)