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  IN CELEBRATION OF

AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY

        

           

                        SONGS

                 "LIFT EVERY VOICE"

                    "STAND UP"

      "WOKE UP THIS MORNING"

  "WE SHALL OVERCOME (in Spanish)"

                "THREE NAMES"

"I WISH I KNEW HOW IT WOULD FEEL TO BE FREE"

         "VOICE OF THE PEOPLE"

       "THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL"

           "BOOK INTO WINGS"

         "WE ARE THE WORLD"

Lift Every Voice and Sing 

James Weldon JohnsonJ. Rosamond Johnson

 

Lift every voice and sing
Till earth and heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise,
High as the list'ning skies, let it resound loud as the rolling sea

 

Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.

Stony the road we trod,
Bitter the chast'ning rod,
Felt in the day that hope unborn had died;
Yet with a steady beat,
Have not our weary feet,
Come to the place on which our fathers sighed?

 

We have come over a way that with tears has been watered,
We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,
Out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at last
Where the white gleam of our star is cast.

God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
Thou who has brought us thus far on the way;
Thou who has by thy might,
Led us into the light,
Keep us forever in the path, we pray

 

Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met thee,
Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee,
Shadowed beneath the hand,

May we forever stand,
True to our God,
True to our native land.

 

 

"Stand Up"     

(from "Harriet" soundtrack)

For now, study the music by listening to Cynthia Erivo while reading the lyrics.

 

I been walking

With my face turned to the sun

Weight on my shoulders

A bullet in my gun

  Oh I got eyes in the back of my head

Just in case I have to run

I do what I can when I can while I can for my people

While the clouds roll back and the stars fill the night

 

That's when I'm gonna stand up

Take my people with me

Together we are going

To a brand new home

Far across the river

Can you hear freedom calling?

Calling me to answer

Gonna keep on keepin' on

I can feel it in my bones

 

Early in the mornin'

Before the sun begins to shine

We're gonna start movin'

Towards that separating line

I'm wadin' through muddy waters

You know I got a made up mind

And I don't mind if I lose any blood on the way to salvation

And I'll fight with the strength that I got until I die

 

So I'm gonna stand up

Take my people with me

Together we are going

To a brand new home

Far across the river

Can you hear freedom calling?

Calling me to answer

Gonna keep on keepin' on

 

And I know what's around the bend

Might be hard to face 'cause I'm alone

And I just might fail

But Lord knows I tried

Sure as stars fill up the sky

 

Stand up

Take my people with me

Together we are going

To a brand new home

Far across the river

Can you hear freedom calling?

Calling me to answer

Gonna keep on keepin' on,

I can feel it in my bones.

 

I go to prepare a place for you

I go to prepare a place for you

Woke Up This Morning With My Mind Stayed on Freedom

 

Woke up this morning with my mind
Stayed on freedom
Woke up this morning with my mind
Stayed on freedom
Woke up this morning with my mind
Stayed on freedom
Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah.

 

I'm walking and talking with my mind
stayed on freedom
I'm walking and talking with my mind
stayed on freedom
I'm walking and talking with my mind                
stayed on freedom
Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah.

 

Ain't nothing wrong with my mind
Stayed on freedom
Oh, there ain't nothing wrong with my mind
Stayed on freedom
There ain't nothing wrong with my mind
Stayed on freedom
Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah.

 

I'm singing and praying with my mind
Stayed on freedom
Yeah, I'm singing and praying with my mind
Stayed on freedom
Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah.

 

Woke up this morning with my mind
Stayed on freedom
Woke up this morning with my mind
Stayed on freedom
Woke up this morning with my mind
Stayed on freedom
Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah.

 

 

We Shall Overcome

We shall overcome,
We shall overcome,
We shall overcome, some day.

Oh, deep in my heart,
I do believe
We shall overcome, some day.

We'll walk hand in hand,
We'll walk hand in hand,
We'll walk hand in hand, some day.

Oh, deep in my heart I do believe,

We'll walk hand in hand some day.

We shall live in peace,
We shall live in peace,
We shall live in peace, some day.

Oh, deep in my heart I do believe,

We shall live in peace, some day.

We shall all be free,
We shall all be free,
We shall all be free, some day.

Oh, deep in my heart I do believe,

We shall all be free, some day.

We are not afraid,
We are not afraid,
We are not afraid, TODAY

Oh, deep in my heart,

I do believe we are not afraid today.

We shall overcome,
We shall overcome,
We shall overcome, some day.

Oh, deep in my heart,
I do believe
We shall overcome, some day.

 

 

– version en español
traducido por la clase C202 ©2020

 

Nosotros venceremos

Nosotros venceremos

Nosotros venceremos un dííííííía

 

En mi corazón
yo sí creo

Nosotros venceremos un día

 

Caminaremos mano en mano

Caminaremos mano en mano

Caminaremos mano un díííííía

 

En mi corazón
yo sí creo

Caminaremos mano en mano un día

 

Viviremos en paz

Viviremos en paz

Viviremos en paz un dííííííía

 

En mi corazón
yo sí creo

Viviremos en paz un día

 

Seremos libres

Seremos libres

Seremos libres un dííííííía

 

En mi corazón
yo sí creo

Seremos libres un día


No tenemos miedo

No tenemos miedo

No tenemos miedo…¡hoy dííííííía!

 

En mi corazón
yo sí creo

No tenemos miedo hoy díaaaaa

 

Nosotros venceremos

Nosotros venceremos

Nosotros venceremos un dííííííía

 

En mi corazón
yo sí creo

Nosotros venceremos un díaaaaaaa

 

We shall overcome

We shall overcome

We shall overcome someday

 

Oh, deep in my heart

I do believe

We shall overcome someday

Three Names, George Washington Carver (from Flocabulary)

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3 names, George Washington Carver,

3 names, George Washington Carver,

3 names, George Washington Carver,

The dude knew his stuff!

3 names, George Washington Carver,

3 names, George Washington Carver,

3 names, George Washington Carver,

The dude knew his stuff!

I said, 3 names, George Washington Carver,

Inventor, teacher, friend to farmers,

Crop rotation with sweet potatoes and peanuts,

When it came to farming George was a genius.

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He was the first black student to graduate,

from a science and tech college called Iowa State,

He was a teacher at Tuskegee,

A historical black school, he made a mark like grafitti.

3 names, George Washington Carver,

3 names, George Washington Carver,

3 names, George Washington Carver,

The dude knew his stuff!

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Instrumental Break

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3 names, George Washington Carver,

3 names, George Washington Carver,

3 names, George Washington Carver,

The dude knew his stuff!

He even built a school on wheels,

To bring his methods to farmers out in the fields,

He inspired students in science,

George Washington Carver, an agricultural giant.

Carver came up with many inventions, 

Like peanut paint and peanut candy,

Peanut soap (clap, clap, clap, clap) it came in handy,

Oo, oo

Three names George Washington Carver,

Inventor, teacher, friend to farmers,

Crop rotation with sweet potatoes and peanuts,

When it came to farming George was a genius,

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3 names, George Washington Carver,

3 names, George Washington Carver,

3 names, George Washington Carver,

The dude knew his stuff!

I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free       Nina Simone

 

I wish I knew how                                            
It would feel to be free                        

                                                                        
I wish I could break
All the chains holding me


I wish I could say
All the things that I should say


Say 'em loud, say 'em clear
For the whole round world to hear

 

I wish I could share                                         
All the love that's in my heart                              


Remove all the bars
That keep us apart


I wish you could know
What it means to be me


Then you'd see and agree
That everybody should be free

 

 

Well I wish I could be                                       
Like a bird in the sky


How sweet it would be
If I found I could fly


Oh I'd soar to the sun
And look down at the sea

 

Then I'd sing 'cause I know, yea
Then I'd sing 'cause I know, yea
Then I'd sing 'cause I know

 


how it feels to be FREE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

VOTP (Voice of the People)

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Martin Luther King was a voice of the people,

                                             A voice of the people,

                                             A voice of the people,

Martin Luther King was a voice of the people,

He helped people get their rights!                             

 

                                                     Repeat with the following

                                                           Harriet Tubman

                                                         Frederick Douglass

                                                             Ida B. Wells,

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Malcolm X was a voice of the people,

Shirley Chisholm was a voice of the people,

Cesar Chavez was a voice of the people,

John Lewis was a voice of the people,

Ruth Asawa was a voice of the people,

Harvey Milk was a voice of the people,

Kamala Harris is a voice of the people,

                        A voice of the people,

                        A voice of the people,

I am a voice of the people,

We keep dreaming Martin Luther King’s dream,

We keep dreaming Martin Luther Kings’ dream,

We keep dreaming Martin Luther King’s dream,

We keep dreaming Martin Luther King’s….

DREAM!

 


 

Greatest Love of All

Music by Michael Masser, Lyrics by Linda Creed, performed by George Benson and Whitney Houston

 

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be


Everybody searching for a hero
People need someone to look up to
I never found anyone who fulfilled my needs
A lonely place to be
And so I learned to depend on me

 

I decided long ago
Never to walk in anyone's shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I'll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can't take away my dignity

 

Because the greatest
Love of all is happening to me
I found the greatest
Love of all inside of me

 

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be


Everybody searching for a hero
People need someone to look up to
I never found anyone who fulfill my needs
A lonely place to be
And so I learned to depend on me

 

I decided long ago
Never to walk in anyone's shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I'll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can't take away my dignity

 

Because the greatest
Love of all is happening to me
I found the greatest
Love of all inside of me

 


The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all

 

And if, by chance, that special place
That you've been dreaming of
Leads you to a lonely place
Find your strength in love