Songs have changed the course of history, encouraging inclusive bravery from the Freedom Train in America to apartheid-ridden South Africa. Many of the songs used in American civil rights movements had their origins in church music, so may have conferred strength from a source far greater than human approval.
Last night, the arc of history continued towards justice: Old civil rights movement songs were sung in the White House! And even better, the lead singer made everyone sing along!! Remember the words of Pete Seeger: “Write your own books; make your own music… if you would save your soul.” No passive audience allowed: talk about a blow to Empire.
I bow to all of you past and present who, in times of trouble, dare call us to sing.