restricted access Believing in Hymn
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31 B eli evi ng i n Hym n Myrlie Evers Whenever we needed more confidence than we woke up with in the morning God would come in a song wearing a black woman’s voice a voice that sounded like that far away look in Reverend Martin Luther King’s eyes. When she opened it up, it wrapped its arms around all our fears, our doubts; it lifted our hearts and spirits and took up so much space there was no room to hate back. Every time she laid down a verse over the roar of fire hoses, attack dogs, and police batons, our own voices would join hands, pick it up and let the chorus carry us as far as we needed to go. I once was blind, but thank God I can see It was because grace and mercy came along and rescued me. —mississippi mass choir ...


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  • Evers, Medgar Wiley, 1925-1963 -- Poetry.
  • United States -- Race relations -- Poetry.
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