Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For 38 years now, most of America has celebrated the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. By the year 2000, all 50 states observed his birthday as a federal holiday on the third Monday of every January.

From years of literally shedding blood, sweat and tears in the fight for civil rights until Dr. King’s April 4, 1968 assassination, the lyrics of one song that he and multitudes sang still echo across our nation like a soundtrack to our very existence. Whether we recognize, “We Shall Overcome,” as a Negro spiritual or folk singer Pete Seeger’s adaptation of it as an anthem for the labor protest movement in the 1940s,  we still believe we shall overcome some day.

The dream lives on.

 

“We Shall Overcome”

We shall overcome
We shall overcome
We shall overcome, some day

Oh, deep in my heart
I do believe
We shall overcome, some day

We’ll walk hand in hand
We’ll walk hand in hand
We’ll walk hand in hand
We’ll walk hand in hand, some day

Deep in my heart
Oh, deep in my heart
I do believe
I do believe
We shall overcome, some day
We shall overcome, some day

We shall live in peace
We shall live in peace
We shall live in peace, some day
We shall live in peace, some day

Oh, deep in my heart
I do believe

We shall overcome, some day

We are not afraid
We are not afraid
We are not afraid, today

Oh, deep in my heart
I do believe
We shall overcome, some day
We shall overcome, some day

The whole wide world around
The whole wide world around
The whole wide world around
The whole wide world around, some day

Oh, deep in my heart
I do believe
We shall overcome,
some day…