I just got back home from the 2014 National Center For Race Amity (NCRA) Conference in Norwood, Massachusetts, and am full–full of all that I got to experience–the inspirational speakers, panels, and attendees, new and old, I got to connect with. I am full of gratitude for being able to be there, and for the theme this year of how women have impacted the work of Race Amity, or the positive cross-race, cross-cultural collaborations that have improved race relations and have moved us closer to recognizing we are all connected, all one human race.
I will be blogging about the conference this week, but wanted to post a song inspired by a moment in the documentary shown today: Standing On My Sisters’ Shoulders, about the transformational, world-changing work of black women, as well as white women, during the Civil Rights movement.
In one scene, June Elizabeth Johnson, a student activist for the SNCC, retells how on a bus trip to do civil rights work, their bus was stopped by a police man who stated their bus was too yellow, too much like a school bus, and they were shut out of doing the work they intended to do that day: registering to vote. While the passengers on the bus became fearful of what was happening, the legendary Fannie Lou Hamer was on the bus, and began to sing, This Little Light of Mine, which June said inspired everyone, just calmed people and energized them to keep going with their mission to live lives equal to whites in this country.
Here Odetta sings This Little Light Of Mine. Her spoken intro to the song here perfectly reflects the message of the NCRA Conference. I can’t wait to share more on that in the coming week.
www.youtube.com, This Little Light Of Mine, by Odetta, posted by thelawnet
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