EVERYTHING you think you know about the song; “We Shall Overcome”…is WRONG. This is the Shocking, Untold Story of the iconic freedom-song; We Shall Overcome and its TRUE author; Louise Shropshire – a sharecropper’s daughter and self-proclaimed “nobody”, who through love and dedication to God, Gospel-music and the African-American Church; overcomes racism and poverty to find herself in the inner-circle of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey and the Civil Rights Movement. In the process, Shropshire composes and copyrights a popular Gospel-hymn, which is hijacked and secularized by Pete Seeger and four other folk-singers – then peddled for untold millions all over the globe by Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Bruce Springsteen and countless others. Featuring more than 160 extraordinary photographs -this extraordinary book not only describes the disturbing details surrounding the misappropriation of Louise Shropshire’s sacred hymn, but also explores the historical attitudes of Black-exploitation, subjugation and racism in America – attitudes that enabled such an unthinkable act to occur in the first place and remain unchallenged for over half a century. Although it would earn untold millions and the US Library of Congress would call We Shall Overcome; “The Most Powerful Song of the 20th Century”, Louise Shropshire would die penniless and unrecognized.
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