The Bible and the Development of the Civil Rights Movement

From Psalm 16:8: ”I have set the Lord before me. . .I shall not be moved."

The Bible, pivotal in the Civil Rights Movement.

A traditional tune called “Gospel Plow,” the title inspired by Luke, chapter 9, was the basis of another popular song in the Civil Rights Movement called “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize.”

This song’s lyrics include: “Paul and Silas thought they were lost, the dungeon shook and the chains fell off,” referencing Acts 16.

"We Shall Overcome," the iconic hymn of the Civil Rights Movement, was inspired by Galatians 6 and was based on a hymn, “I’ll Overcome Some Day,” published in 1900 by a son of a slave, Charles Albert Tindley. A song later made popular by folk singer and civil rights activist, Pete Seeger.

The Bible—its influence in every sphere!


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