We Shall Overcome

Today, it’s virtually impossible to believe that this actually happened. But it did. It happened on March 15, 1965, in a Texas twang, and it elicited a standing ovation in Congress. A standing ovation for the words, “It’s all of us who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice.”


A standing ovation, for God’s sake.



C. Vann Woodward, “What Happened to the Civil Rights Movement,” in The Burden of Southern History (1960, rev. 1968):


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