We Shall Overcome

We Shall Overcome is the most famous song of the American Civil Rights era, which brought an end to race-based laws and mandatory segregation of the races in the Southern states. The first version is karaoke, to help you with the words. The second version includes many famous singers, such as Joan Baez. “We Shall Overcome” has become a universal cry for social justice. Baez sang the song in honor of dissident playwright Vaclav Havel during The Czech Republic’s “Velvet Revolution,” and in honor of South African anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandella.


A school teacher wrote this wonderful song about Rosa Parks, a woman who became famous for refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a White man in 1955. In the song, you hear the idiom: “to freak someone out.” It means to upset someone almost to the point of insanity. Parks’ refusal to submit to an unfair racial code “freaked out” the White people in power.

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