Honoring Martin Luther King
January 17, 2022
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day to honor community, equality, and social justice.
The folk song "We Shall Overcome" has long been a rallying cry of the oppressed. Inspired by African American Gospel Singing, and members of the Food & Tobacco Workers Union, it was launched as the anthem of the American Civil Rights movement in August of 1963.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. himself recited the words of the song in his final sermon delivered in Memphis, Tennessee on Sunday March 31, 1968:
We shall overcome, we shall overcome,
We shall overcome some day,
Oh, deep in my heart I do believe
We shall overcome