Martin Luther King/We Shall Overcome
(SSA, SSAB or SATB choir with 2 soloists and piano; optional drums, bass and guitar) 6'00"
This medley begins with an original composition in pop-gospel style and segues into the traditional freedom song We Shall Overcome for a stirring tribute to Dr. King. Appropriate for youth, high school, college and community choirs.
Listen (Mayflower United Church of Christ Adult Choir, Nancy Grundahl conducting)
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This piece combines an original choral tribute with the traditional song "We Shall Overcome". It was composed for the inaugural "Arts for Martin" celebration ten years ago at Arcadia Charter School in Northfield, Minnesota. It has been used every year since then to close the January event. I have made a few revisions and am excited to share it with youth and/or adult choirs who sing at MLK events or who might want to include a tribute to Dr. King and his legacy throughout the year. The piece begins with verses for two soloists in a quasi pop style, then segues into a double time refrain in gospel style for the choir. Coming out of the second refrain, there is a transition into "We Shall Overcome" with optional (preferred) audience participation on the final two or three unaccompanied verses. Martin Luther King/We Shall Overcome was written for amateur singers so is not difficult.