We Shall Overcome

Musical Composition

"We Shall Overcome" is a protest song that became a key anthem of the US civil rights movement. The lyrics of the song are derived from the refrain of a gospel song by Charles Albert Tindley. The song was published in 1947 as "We Will Overcome" in the People's Songs Bulletin (a publication of People's Songs, an organization of which Pete Seeger was the director and guiding spirit).

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  • Abernathy’s commitment put the gathering to silence. With nothing left to say, they sang “We Shall Overcome” and filed out to a multitude of tasks, leaving Daddy King alone in Room 30.

    Taylor BranchParting the Waters

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  • Parting the Waters

    #1 of 3 (1988)
    Taylor Branch

  • At Canaan's Edge

    #3 of 3 (2006)
    Taylor Branch

  • Means of Ascent

    #2 of 4 (1991)
    Robert A. Caro

  • And A Voice to Sing With

    2012
    Joan Baez

  • The King Years

    2013
    Taylor Branch

  • Pillar of Fire

    #2 of 3 (1998)
    Taylor Branch

  • If Your Back's Not Bent

    2012
    Dorothy Cotton, Vincent Harding and Andrew Young

  • Nixonland

    2008
    Rick Perlstein

  • Higher Ground

    2007
    Craig Werner

  • I Wish I'd Been There

    2007
    Byron Hollinshead

  • John Lennon: The Life

    2009
    Philip Norman

  • Autobiography of a People

    2000
    Herb Boyd

  • The River Where Blood Is Born

    1998
    Sandra Jackson-Opoku

  • 1968

    2005
    Mark Kurlansky

  • Song for My Father

    2004
    Stephanie, Stokes Oliver

  • The Right Moment

    2001
    Matthew Dallek

  • Birth of the Cool

    2012
    Lewis MacAdams

  • LBJ

    2006
    Randall Woods

  • Jackie Robinson

    1998
    Arnold Rampersad

  • Blood Done Sign My Name

    2005
    Timothy B. Tyson

  • Road Rage

    #17 of 23 (1997)
    Ruth Rendell


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