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Ava Duvernay's Selma Movie Omits We Shall Overcome!

Bravo to director, Ava Duvernay for her decision in choosing NOT TO use the music of "We Shall Overcome" in her powerful film, "SELMA". Instead, the actors simply mouth the Louise Shropshire's lyrics as another song plays in the background.

For those of you now aware that the iconic freedom song, We Shall Overcome was misappropriated from gospel hymn writer, Louise Shropshire by TRO / Ludlow music,  Pete Seeger and four other folk singers, you must be thrilled to see the powerful film, "Selma", boycott the song. If you listen very closely however, you will instead hear the melody from Louise Shropshire's hymn, "If My Jesus Wills". Bravo, Ava Duvernay. Bravo, "Selma"...and thank you.


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