How might we draw strength from the past at this moment in time? How might we orient ourselves toward a beloved community?
MS. TIPPETT: You wrote about how “This Little Light of Mine” was sung at Selma. Rather than saying, “Governor Wallace, give us our freedom,” it was about singing, “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.”
DR. HARDING: That was so much part of the way in which the songs try to encourage us not simply to be reactors. So that instead of saying, “You honky governor, you’re no good, and we’re gonna do this or that to you,” the basic, deepest word was, “Whatever you do, we’re gonna let our light shine. God gave it to us. We’re gonna let it shine,” was the way that the words went. That determination to make our own action and our own commitment the focal point rather than a reaction to the moves of others was, I think, one of the most beautiful things about the singing.
Dr. Vincent Harding with Krista Tippett, On Being November 10, 2016