we shall overcome
We are at another moment where we desperately need to see and hear strong faith voices for justice for children and to spread examples of interfaith, interracial, multi-ethnic communities rising together above all voices that threaten to divide us.
This old hymn has often been used as an anthem for freedom.
Trivia question: Who was the first gubernatorial candidate to call for removal of the Confederate flag? Answer: I was.
I can't possibly understand the loss, the rage, the inconsolable psychic damage felt by the friends and family member and parishioners and constituents in Charleston, South Carolina, and beyond. I can only pray.
Holding hands with our neighbors, and with a tear in my eyes, at the end of the service we sang "We Shall Overcome." It reminded me of when I sang it during civil rights marches and Vietnam War protests. It turned out that I came to sing, pray and keep the dark away.
June 21st marked the fiftieth anniversary of the senseless slaughter and lynching of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner during Freedom Summer in Mississippi.
The story of that song, which has became an international anthem for human rights, reveals the civil rights movement's remarkable and complex tapestry and its lasting influence.