We Shall Overcome... (The Weekend Watch)
I have found myself in a pensive mood of late, reflecting often on the past - amidst concerns and hopes for the future. I have lived long enough to see cycles of history repeat themselves, fervently yearning for progress to outpace regression.
We know of the deep challenges we face as a nation, and as a planet. It is necessary to confront reality, no matter how dire it is. And yet, we cannot lose sight of the best of the human spirit, which has time and again found a way to not only persevere, but to thrive in the face of great adversity.
One method for such expressions are in art and song. Tomorrow, in my Sunday Essay, I am going to look back at the lessons I hope we can draw from the centennial of the Tulsa massacre and destruction of a proud Black community. I will highlight a musical moment that tied this week’s remembrances to the marches for justice of the Civil Rights Movement, which I covered as a young reporter. I hope you will read it, share it, and find it of interest.
With the chords of the past resonating in my heart and soul, I felt I would share a personal favorite rendition of a Civil Rights standard for this weekend’s watch. It is “We Shall Overcome,” as presented several years back by the Morehouse College Glee Club. To see these young, strong voices channel the words and spirit of those who came before them always fills me with optimism and hope. “We shall overcome someday.” “We are not afraid today.” These are not questions. They are statements of belief, supported by a bloody history of resilience. And in these talented artists, these words touch me deeply. I hope you will feel the same.
—Dan and Steady Team