This week the choir sings an anthem based on the freedom song, “We Shall Overcome,” arranged by Tom Trenney. “We Shall Overcome” was a popular rallying song during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, but its roots extend deeper into the past. Lyrically, the song is thought to be a descendant of the gospel hymn, “I’ll Overcome Some Day,” written by the Methodist minister Charles Albert Tindley of Philadelphia in 1900. Musically, the first half of “We Shall Overcome” resembles the African-American spiritual, “No More Auction Block,” while the second half is more or less identical to the 19th-century hymn, “I’ll Be All Right.” Some version of the song was used in a miner’s strike in 1908 and again in the mid-1940s during a strike by tobacco workers in South Carolina. Several participants of that strike brought the song to the union stronghold Highlander Folk School, where Zilphia Horton made it a regular part of each meeting. Pete Seeger learned the song from Horton, changed the first line to “We shall overcome” (instead of “We will overcome”), added several more verses, and spread the song to other folk singers and activists. The song’s popularity exploded during the 1960s, and its first line was quoted in speeches by Lyndon Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Now that the church’s Winter Jasmine is in full bloom, we need to plan for our Spring Landscape Day. Although some cleanup and mulch hauling will occur during coming weekdays, we have scheduled Saturday, March 17th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon for our group event.
We would greatly appreciate it if you can join us as we prepare our grounds in advance of Palm Sunday and Easter. The church has a supply of gardening equipment and supplies, but please bring gloves and gardening tools you may have as we will be raking, weeding and trimming in the Courtyard, at Common Grounds and everywhere in between. For more information, please call the church office and RSVP so we can plan the day. In case of rain, our make-up date will be Saturday, March 24th 9:00 -12:00.
The Racial and Ethnic History of Charlottesville
Friday, March 30, 2018 – 1:30-3:00 p.m., Jefferson School – African American Heritage Center, 233 4th St. NW, Charlottesville
Charlottesville has a long history as a diverse city and of different people coming together to fight segregation and discrimination. Join us for an important lesson and discussion about the racial and ethnic history of Charlottesville.
Charlene Green has over 30 years of experience in education, working as a teacher in elementary and secondary schools and as an assistant professor at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. She has been a trainer and consultant in Multicultural Education for 25 years. Charlene is currently the Manager for the City of Charlottesville’s Office of Human Rights.
The Tuesday Evening Study Group will meet on Tuesday, March 13 at 7:00 pm in the lower lounge. Beth Hochstetler will lead us in the study of Cloud of Witnesses – the Community of Christ in Hebrews by Melissa Bane Sevier, Chapter 6. If you would like more information or need a ride, please call Barbara Deaver at 973-3819.
This week the choir sings the anthem, “A New Magnificat,” by Carolyn Jennings. The anthem combines the text of Mary’s Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) with the Song of Hannah (1 Sam. 2:1-10). The similarity between these two biblical texts is brought into sharp focus: the two mothers, one from each testament, sing to each other about the graciousness of God’s salvation. Jennings is professor emeritus at St. Olaf’s College, Northfield, Minnesota, where she taught for many years.