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.
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)
In 1957, Pete Seeger, American folk singer and social activist, sang “We Shall Overcome” at the Highlander Folk School to an audience that included Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the young African-American Baptist minister who had become the most visible Civil Rights leader in the United States, who, on the way to his next stop,… Read More 🎶 We Shall Overcome 🎶 (3. Pete Seeger)
We Shall Overcome lyrically descended from a hymn by Rev Tindley called “I’ll Overcome Some Day”, which was first published in 1900. Rev. Dr. Charles Albert Tindley (1851 –1933), the son of a slave, was an American Methodist minister and author of approximately 50 gospel hymns, known as “The Prince of Preachers“. He was a… Read More 🎶 We Shall Overcome 🎶 (2. Origins)
We shall overcome We shall overcome We shall overcome, some day Oh, deep in my heart I do believe We shall overcome, some day We’ll walk hand in hand We’ll walk hand in hand We’ll walk hand in hand, some day Oh, deep in my heart I do believe We shall overcome, some day… Read More 🎶 We Shall Overcome 🎶 (1. Lyrics, introduction, translation)