The Washington Post

Music of the Movement: ‘This Little Light of Mine’

“This Little Light of Mine,” a song written about 1920 by Harry Dixon Loes, has migrated from the church, to labor rallies to civil rights meetings to childrens’ choirs. This continues a survey of songs of the Civil Rights era, leading up to the dedication of the Rev. Martin L. King, Jr. memorial on August 28.

In this video the great Odetta talks about community singing at a 2008 concert and leads “This Little Light of Mine.”

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