We Shall Overcome: Music in the Continuing Struggle for Freedom
Thursday October 16, 2014, 4pm
Temple University, 1330 Polett Walk
We Shall Overcome is a protest song that became a key anthem of the Civil Rights Movement is thought to be a derivative of I’ll Overcome Someday, written by Rev. Charles Albert Tindley (1851–1933) of East Calvary Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. We Shall Overcome is an adaptation of a song that Zilphia Horton heard sung by union organizer Lucille Simmons in 1945, by members of the Food and Tobacco Workers Union (who were mostly female and African American on strike against the American Tobacco Company in Charleston, South Carolina.)
Spirituals, Gospel Music, Blues, Jazz and Folk Music have all taken their place in support of the Struggle for Freedom. Dr. Diane Turner will lead a discussion on 20th century Black Music and the struggle with Reverend Rashad D. Grove. Dr. Turner is curator of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple University and author of Feeding the Soul: Black Music, Black Thought. Rev. Grove is The First Baptist Church of Wayne and co-author of Empowered To Serve As We Stand On the Promises. Topics will include discussion about various genres of Black music as protest, inspiration and history. Among those who will join Dr. Turner and Rev. Grove is Sandra Turner-Barnes, poet and author.