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Sep 11, Rachel Crowe rated it it was ok Shelves: I chose this book because I used to sing this song all time when I was little. Now that I'm a teacher at my church I get to sing these songs to my kids and they get to have a fun time singing it and it always brings back memories.
When I was reading it I just started to sing it in my head while I was reading it.
Nov 30, Francesca Brilli rated it it was amazing. This little light of mine is such a classic children's song, and book!
It holds such a deep meaning, of never letting anyone blow your inner light out, and never being afraid of being who you are. The colors are mostly water color, as most of Raffi's books are. Please consider expanding the lead to provide an accessible overview of all important aspects of the article. Please discuss this issue on the article's talk page.
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Martin Luther King Sr. Michele rated it it was amazing May 21, And the song has the same impact in today's times, where demonstrators still leverage its message to push back against injustice. The New Century Hymnal None 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Contacting server We weren't going to let the darkness have the last word.
December Learn how and when to remove this template message. This Little Light of Mine United Methodist Publishing House. Accessed June 7, The rise of rhythm and blues.
"This Little Light of Mine" is a gospel song written for children in the s by Harry Dixon Loes. It was later adapted by Zilphia Horton, amongst many other. [Chorus] This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine. Let it shine, shine .
University of North Texas Libraries. Archived from the original on April 11, Retrieved February 13, Civil rights movement s and s.
A muscular version of "This Little Light of Mine" is the emotional high point of Harris' presentation: She says the song helped steady protestors' nerves as abusive police officers threatened to beat them or worse. It kept us from being afraid," Harris says.
It played a very important role in the movement. Fans know "This Little Light of Mine" as a beloved children's tune, recognized around the world. But it's also a spiritual, which was transformed by the nation's civil rights movement into an anthem of singular power. And the song has the same impact in today's times, where demonstrators still leverage its message to push back against injustice.
Last year, Reverend Osagyefo Sekou used "This Little Light of Mine" to curb passions during a counter-protest, before a crowd of white supremacists and alt-right supporters gathered for the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va.
Sekou, a recording artist, author, theologian and activist who helped train volunteers at the counter-protest. And you could feel the energy of the people who weren't with us, who we had not trained. Sekou says he knew, in that moment, he had to change the atmosphere. In a moment captured on video, the clergy and volunteers who sang — a group that included famed academic and activist Cornel West — are shown standing in a line, their voices rising over the chants of "You will not replace us" from the rally crowd.
We weren't going to let the darkness have the last word. It makes sense that a song with this much power would also be one of the most versatile anthems around, inspiring all kinds of musical artists. Before that, Bruce Springsteen used it to take his audiences to church, playing a gospelized version during his tour with The Seeger Sessions Band. The tune even brought a little soul music to the last royal wedding , courtesy of British gospel artists Karen Gibson and the Kingdom Choir.
Sometimes, experts say, such folk songs become spirituals over the years, sung everywhere from churches to prison work camps. That might explain a version of the song sung by Doris McMurray, an inmate at a Texas prison, recorded by folklorists John and Ruby Lomax in