WHAT PEOPLE SAID ABOUT Reverend Charles Tindley
Michael Pielocik
Reverend Tindley's hymn "I Will Over-Come" was sung by tobacco workers in the 40s during a brutal labor struggle, and it would go on to inspire the Civil Rights rallying song "We Shall Overcome." The latter was sung by Joan Baez in the March on Washington, used by Martin Luther King Jr. as a cry of unity, and sung again by Robert Kennedy as he spoke out against apartheid. Tindley died in '33, before his song had its full impact, but his words will forever be associated with peace and freedom.