We Shall Overcome
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We Shall Overcome
We Shall Overcome tells the story of the song that became a Civil Rights anthem. In the 19th century, many African-Americans sang "I Shall Overcome," a spiritual that had been sung by slaves. By 1945, a group of striking tobacco workers began to sing "We Shall Overcome," marking the first time the song was used in a social protest. In the mid-'40s, workers at the integrated Highlander Folk School in New Market, TN, carried the song to dozens of strike sites. Folksinger Guy Carawan traveled throughout the South for several years, at great risk to himself, spreading the… More