Every morning at 9:45 a.m Bal Vikash English Secondary School begins with singing “We Shall Overcome” and the National Anthem.
“We Shall Overcome” was originally a hymn composed by the reverend Charles Albert Tindley and was first published in 1900. The song was later on adopted by various nationalists and was used by people from Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and later on.
“We Shall Overcome” was sung at Martin Luther King’s funeral.
In India, the renowned poet Girija Kumar Mathur composed its literal translation in Hindi “Hum Honge Kaamyab (हम होगें कामयाब)” which became a popular patriotic/spiritual song during the 1970s and 80s, particularly in schools.
Listen to “We Shall Overcome” sung by the children in class five, Samir’s class, at Bal Vikash English Secondary School.
Questions for “We Shall Overcome”
In small groups.
Discuss the text.
Make a short summary of the text.
Explain the text in your own words.
Which things in the text do you find important for today?
Finally sing “We Shall Overcome” or sing along (online you can find many singers performing the song).