This beloved hymn, often referred to as the “Black national anthem,” was first performed in 1900. Widely considered to be a treasure, it is frequently chosen to celebrate important moments in gatherings and commemorations of the African American Civil Rights Movement. In this adaptation, Heather Sorenson and Rev. James Ward have collaborated in an effort that highlights the cooperation of black and white composers working together to honor the message of social justice. A new second verse brings the hymn into our current quest for diversity and equality so that all choirs can have the opportunity to build unity from faith and music.
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