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We Shall Overcome

We Shall Overcome (1989)

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We Shall Overcome tells the story of the song that became a Civil Rights anthem. In the 19th century, many African-Americans sang "I Shall Overcome," a spiritual that had been sung by slaves. By 1945, a group of striking tobacco workers began to sing "We Shall Overcome," marking the first time the song was used in a social protest. In the mid-'40s, workers at the integrated Highlander Folk School in New Market, TN, carried the song to dozens of strike sites. Folksinger Guy Carawan traveled

Sep 26, 1990

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