Here’s the 1947 Civil Rights anthem “We Shall Overcome.” It was written by Zilphia Horton using refrains from a Gospel song by Charles Albert Tindley. This version is by Louis Armstrong.
It inspired Dr King to make this speech on the Sunday before he was assassinated.
But today we are not mourning his passing. We are celebrating his birthday so here’s Stevie Wonder’s 1981 song “Happy Birthday” which he wrote in support of the campaign to make today a national holiday.
Happy birthday Dr. King!