We Shall Overcome

Author:
Attributed to Charles Albert Tindley
Testimony by:
Héctor Salgado

I would like to add, to the testimony of Alfonso Padilla, a picture of the musical group that performed the Joan Baez song, 'We Shall Overcome'. This group was formed and led by Alfonso Padilla during his time in prison.

I was one of the first guitar students of Padilla. The picture of the group was taken the same day a photographer was allowed to come in and take passport pictures for the people that were being exiled.

In the picture, I was 17 years old and I am third from left to right. The picture of the musical group was taken after Padilla was exiled to Finland.

In 2017, I was invited with a friend to Joan Baez's house in California for dinner. During dinner, I mentioned her the story of 'We Shall Overcome' at the Jail of Concepción. She was very moved and grateful that under those conditions we were able to sing that song.


Published on: 30 March 2019


We shall overcome someday;
Oh, deep in my heart, (I know that) I do believe,
We shall overcome someday.

We'll walk hand in hand, we'll walk hand in hand,
We'll walk hand in hand someday;
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
We shall overcome someday.

We are not afraid, we are not afraid,
We are not afraid today;
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
We shall overcome someday.

We shall live in peace, we shall live in peace,
We shall live in peace someday;
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
We shall overcome someday.