The Gospel song, “We Shall Overcome” became the anthem of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. It is still sung in protest movements around the world. Its origin is believed to be derived from Charles Tindley’s Gospel song, “I’ll Overcome Some Day” (1900). It was the opening and closing melody from the 19th century spiritual “No More Auction Block for Me,” which dates back to before the Civil War. The powerful images in this Gospel Hymn of determination, freedom and success in adversity are grounded in the power of God to protect His people from violence, persecution and abuse. The hymn is assurance that God has not abandoned us and that we overcome when we walk hand in hand with Him.