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We Shall Overcome

We Shall Overcome" had its roots in an early 20th-century African American gospel hymn. It found its true calling during the American civil rights movement in the 1960s, becoming an anthem of resilience and unity against racial segregation.

 

We shall overcome, we shall overcome,

We shall overcome someday;

Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,

We shall overcome someday.

 

We'll walk hand in hand, we'll walk hand in hand,

We'll walk hand in hand someday;

Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,

We'll walk hand in hand someday.

 

We shall live in peace, we shall live in peace,

We shall live in peace someday;

Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,

We shall live in peace someday.

 

History of the Poem:

Its powerful lyrics resonated deeply with activists and ordinary citizens alike. The song served as a symbol of hope and solidarity, sung at marches, protests, and rallies, uplifting the spirits of those advocating for justice. Over time, it transcended its origins, becoming a global symbol of determination in the face of oppression. "We Shall Overcome" inspires diverse social justice movements worldwide, illustrating the enduring influence of music and poetry in catalysing change.

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