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Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Women's March on Washington January 21, 2017 (with a full live stream, selected comments & time stamps for certain speakers & musical performances)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post provides information about the January 21, 2017 Women's March On Washington For Solidarity, with special attention given to that marches' rally. This post also includes an article excerpt about that event and a live stream video of a substantial portion of that rally with time stamps for certain speakers and musical performances. Those text and photographic articles also call attention to "sister marches" that were held on January 21, 2017 all around the world, including Antartica.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, political, and inspirational purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all the organizers & participants of this march/rally and of other women's marches/rallies in the United States and throughout the world. Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publishers of this featured live stream video.

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INFORMATION ABOUT THE WOMEN'S MARCH ON WASHINGTON
From https://www.womensmarch.com/mission/
"Mission & Vision

We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families - recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

OUR MISSION

The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us - immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault - and our communities are hurting and scared. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.

In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.

HEAR OUR VOICE.
'It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.'
— Audre Lorde"

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FEATURED VIDEO: Women's March on Washington 2017 (FULL EVENT) | ABC News



ABC News , January 21, 2017 [6 hours plus]

Women's March on Washington 2017 | The National Mall is seeing a hundreds of thousands of visitors for the second day in a row as people are starting to gather in the capital for the Women's March. A number of high-profile speakers are expected to address those at the rally, including Gloria Steinem, Planned Parenthood's president Cecile Roberts, and director Michael Moore.

Warning: Viewer discretion advised during live streaming coverage
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Various time stamps from that live stream:
Note: In my opinion, that rally's speakers and performers were all phenomenal. I'm noting the time stamps for the following speakers/performers as I think they are some of that rally's speakers/performers who are most widely known in the USA.

Michael Moore (movie producer/activist) - 1:22:21

Ashley Judd (actress, reciting spoken word written by Tennessee teenager Nina Donovan] - 1:41:11

Van Jones (commentator, activist) - 1:59:50

Cecile Roberts (Planned Parenthood's president) - 2:14:42

Maxine Waters (US Congresswomen) speaks and introduces a number of other women from the United States Congress and from the Senate (Kamala Harris; Senator Harris also provides comments during this portion) - as does Senator Tammy Duckworth) - beginning at 2:31:33

Mothers Of The Movement [some of the mothers of Black men who have lost their lives to police violence]- 3:51:00

Alicia Keys [vocalist reciting spoken word and singing an adapted version of "This Girl Is On Fire"] - 3:54:17

Janelle Monae [vocalist commenting about the march and singing "Hell You Talking About"] - 4:00:17

Angela Davis (professor/activist) - 4:15:21
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Please add more time stamps in the comment section below.

For instance, I know that Gloria Steinem spoke at this rally, but I don't know. And I'm really impressed with the comments that were made by Tamika [last name?] and other organizers of this march/rally, but I don't have all of their time stamps and don't want to add one and not the others.

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Two chants & two adapted [?] verses to "We Shall Overcome" that I noted from that live stream of that Washington D. C. rally/march

Chant in front of the White House
[call & response]
"Whose house?
[our house]"
repeat several times

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Unison chant during march
"We ARE the popular vote."
repeat several times

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In a scene of people in front of the White House (standing more than marching), some people are singing verses from the 1960s Civil Rights song "We Shall Overcome". The singers aren't linking arms, or holding hands, or swaying side to side as is often characteristic of this song. {Visit http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-we-shall-overcome-civil-rights-song.html for a pancocojams post about this song.)

A man is heard singing this improvised verse about Donald Trump (with a few people joining in)
"Down with Donald Trump
Down with Donald Trump
Down with Donald trump
Today
Deep in my heart
I do believe
Down with Donald Trump
Today"
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Another person starts another verse of that song and a number of people with the verse
"Black and White together
Black and White together
Black and White together someday
Deep in my heart
I do believe
Black and White together
someday."
Black and Whie together
Black and White together
someday"

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EXCERPTS FROM TWO DAILY KOS DISCUSSION THREADS ABOUT THE WOMEN'S MARCH ON WASHINGTON (January 21, 2017)
These excerpts are given in no particular order. Both of these discussion threads contain photographs and videos of various January 21, 2017 Women's marches.
Excerpt #1:
From http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/01/21/1623203/-Women-s-March-On-Washington-and-everywhere-else-much-MUCH-larger-than-expected Women's March On Washington (and everywhere else) much, MUCH larger than expected By Mark Sumner
2017/01/21
"300,000 in New York City. 125,000 in Boston. 50,000 in Austin, Texas. 15,000 in St. Louis. 10,000 in Portland, ME.

Across the country, the numbers for the Women’s March have turned out to be not just high, but higher than anyone would have predicted. Cities that had expected two thousand got ten. Areas that had planned on ten thousand got a hundred.

The overflow crowds are also happening in Washington, D.C. where so many have turned up that it’s proving difficult to actually march....

Something similar happened in Chicago, where 150,000 protesters showed up....

Across the country, the numbers for the Women’s March have turned out to be not just high, but higher than anyone would have predicted. Cities that had expected two thousand got ten. Areas that had planned on ten thousand got a hundred.

While the rally will go on, the march portion of the Women's March on Chicago has been canceled after a mushrooming crowd of 150,000 packed the downtown event Saturday.

In Washington, the numbers have dwarfed those of Trump’s inauguration.

A city official in Washington says the turnout estimate for the Women's March on the National Mall now stands at 500,000 people. That's more than double the initial predictions.

That was at 9:40 AM. It’s still growing."...
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In comparison, approximately 250,000 person are estimated to have attended the January 20, 2017 United States presidential inauguration.
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Here are selected comments from this discussion thread (with numbers assigned for referencing purposes only.)
2. jamie @dylanohollands
"#WomensMarch is the biggest inaugural protest in HISTORY. i'm so proud."
1:53 PM - 21 Jan 2017

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2. Jonathan Riley @JonRiley7
"Shout out to all the women (and men and non-gender conforming folks) protesting in the cold today to stand up to bigotry in the White House!"
8:05 AM - 21 Jan 2017

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3. Ivan Boothe @rootwork
"I will NOT be silent because silence = complicity"#womensmarchpdx#womensmarch@WomenMarchPDX"
2:39 PM - 21 Jan 2017

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4. TRPChicago biryanifan, Jan 21 02:58:58 PM
"Why care if Trump doesn't care. Or more likely, if Trump acts like he doesn't care. We care.

The audience for this is the world. Other countries. The press. Other elected officials. The GOP. Voters. Other Democrats. Us!

The scope of today’s message will not be lost if it is repeated in Congressional offices, letters to the editor, responses to opinion polls. On ACA, to be sure, but other topics as well.

2018 is coming."
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2018 are National Congressional elections in the USA.

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5. genocideisnews statsone Jan 21 · 03:15:56 PM
"Protests and demonstrations are not only about influencing those in power. Sometimes they are, but that’s not their only function.

They’re also about building popular power, inspiring solidarity, building connections, and birthing new movements. This is happening, right now, in hundreds of cities across the country.

This is the first step in a long campaign. Trump doesn’t care about this step, and that doesn’t matter. By the time he cares, these movements will be too powerful to stop.

“First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you.” (You may have heard a more famous, invented quote supposedly said by Mahatma Gandhi. The preceding quote, and likely the source of the misattribution, was said by activist Nicholas Klein in 1918.)"*
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This comment included this hyperlink: https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Mahatma_Gandhi#Misattributed

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Excerpt #2:
From http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/01/21/1623163/-Women-s-March-on-Everywhere-fantastic-images-from-across-the-nation Women's March on Everywhere—fantastic images from across the nation

By Mark Sumner
2017/01/21 · 12:00

Massive crowds aren’t just limited to the National Mall. It’s everywhere. Everywhere...
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Comments from this discussion thread:
"Elizabeth Warren at Boston #WomensMarch: "We can whine. We can whimper. Or we can fight back."

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The VergeVerified account
‏"@verge
The Women’s March movement is taking place on every continent, even Antarctica http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/21/14345528/womens-march-movement-antarctica?utm_campaign=theverge&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter "

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Stacey Knott @stacey_knott_
"Marchers taking part in the #WomensMarch here in Accra Ghana"
6:32 AM - 21 Jan 2017 · Accra, Ghana

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Isaac Simonelli @DiceTravels
"Sisters' March Nairobi. So amazing to see the community to come together #whyIMarch #sistermarch #Inauguration #nairobi #WomensMarch
4:38 AM - 21 Jan 2017 · Nairobi, Kenya"

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ExpatGirl westyny Jan 21 · 12:38:33 PM
"Cape Town, Dublin, Sydney, Marseille, London, Rome, Berlin, Budapest...the list goes on and on."

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TrueBlueMajority ExpatGirl Jan 21 · 01:53:02 PM
"A guy in line with me at the bagel store had photos from Sydney and video from DC that friends sent him on his phone"

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bobbygoode Jan 21 · 02:00:10 PM
"“Agitate! Agitate! Agitate!” — Frederick Douglass" [19th century African American activist]

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Seven Examples Of The Gospel Song "Weeping May Endure For The Night But Joy Comes In The Morning" (Updated Post)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is an updated version of the 2012 pancocojams post http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/12/weeping-may-endure-for-night-but-joy.html.

This pancocojams post showcases features seven examples of the Gospel song "Weeping May Endure For a Night, But Joy Comes in the Morning"(also known as "Joy Comes In The Morning").

The Biblical verse that is the basis for this song is included in this updated version as are two additional versions of this song (given here as Example #6 and Example #7).

In addition, this post provides information on Reverend William Herbert Brewster who was identified by a commenter (quoted after Example #6) as the composer of "Weeping May Endure For A Night But Joy Comes In The Morning".

Several lyric versions of this song are included in this post.

The content of this post is presented for religious, inspirational, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Reverend William Herbert Brewster, the composer of this Gospel song [?], and thanks to the performers of this song who are featured in this post. Thanks also to the publishers of these examples on YouTube.

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THE BIBLICAL VERSE THAT IS THE INSPIRATION FOR THIS SONG
From Holy Bible as found on https://www.biblegateway.com/verse/en/Psalm%2030%3A5
"PSALM 30:5
KJ21 For His anger endureth but a moment, and in His favor is life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

GNT: His anger lasts only a moment, his goodness for a lifetime. Tears may flow in the night, but joy comes in the morning."

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FEATURED EXAMPLES
Example #1: James Cleveland and the Southern CA Choir - Weeping May Endure (Vinyl 1968)



williamkinggospel, Uploaded on Oct 7, 2011

James Cleveland and the Southern CA Choir
Weeping May Endure
©1968 Savoy Records
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LYRICS: WEEPING MAY ENDURE FOR A NIGHT, BUT JOY COMES IN THE MORNING (also known as "JOY")
(as sung by Rev. James Cleveland & Southern California Choir)

Lead singer:
Behind every dark cloud
there’s ah silver lining
and after each rain storm
there’s a brand new dawn

Second Lead:
When trouble greet you
and your friends deceive you
don’t you worry
it will all pass over,
it will pass over with the morning.

Remember

Chorus:
Weeping may endure for the night
but joy will come in the morning
Weeping may endure for the night
But joy will come in the morning

Lead singer & Choir
Joy
Joy Joy
um hum
Joy
Joy
um hum

Remember

Choir:
Weeping may endure for the night
but joy will come in the morning
Weeping may endure for the night
But joy will come in the morning
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Transcription by Azizi Powell from the sound file. Additions & corrections are welcome.

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Example #2: Joy, (Weeping May Endure For a Night, But Joy Comes in the Morning) by Mississippi Mass Choir.wmv



chosen12020, Uploaded on Jan 12, 2012

Weeping may endure for a night, but *joy* comes in the morning:)♥♥♥♥♥♥
-Psalm 30:5.
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BASIC LYRICS: WEEPING MAY ENDURE FOR A NIGHT, BUT JOY COMES IN THE MORNING (also known as "JOY")
(as sung by the Mississippi Mass Choir

Chorus:
Weeping may endure for a night
But joy is gonna come in the morning.

{repeat several times}

First verse:
Amazing grace how sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now I am found
was blind but now I see

Chorus:
Weeping may endure for a night
but joy comes in the morning

Verse #2
I came to Jesus just as I was
Weary worn and sad
I found in Him
a resting place
Ad He has made me glad.

Weeping may endure for a night
but joy comes in the morning

[repeat several times and elaborate]
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transcription of the basic lyrics to this song by Azizi Powell. Additions & corrections are welcome.

The line "weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning" are from the Old Testament (Psalm 30:5). The verse which begins "Amazing Grace" is from the religious song with that title. The verse which begins with "I came to Jesus" is from the religious song "I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say".

I'm not sure if the Mississippi Mass choir was the first choir that combined those Bible verses with the "weeping my endure for the night" song lyrics.

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Example #3: SOUL CHILDREN JOY Weeping May Endure



reesamae, uploaded on Feb 19, 2010

Soul Children singing JOY - Weeping May Endure for a Night (Chicago)

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Example #4: Weeping May Endure For A Night



mtoliveoysterbay, Uploaded on Jun 14, 2010

5/30/10 Male Chorus "Weeping May Endure For A Night"
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This rendition reminds me of the way that congregations sing Dr. Watts hymns.

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Example #5: Lolita Floyd Amos - Weeping May Endure For A Night



Apostolicreturns, Uploaded on Mar 28, 2010

My Daughter Lolita with a vamp on the end of My First Born @ my appreciation Service in Jesup
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Here are the basic lyrics to this version of that song:

Weeping may endure
But joy comes in the morning

[repeat]

If you live right
if you pray right
you will die right
and you will live again

Weeping may endure
But joy comes in the morning

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Example #6: The Famous Ward Singers - WEEPING MAY ENDURE FOR A NIGHT



Joe Guarino, Published on Jul 29, 2015
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Here's a comment from this sound file's discussion thread:
John Collins, 2016
"A dear favorite. All verses written by Reverend Brewster, beautiful. Just beautiful."
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Here's information about Reverend William Herbert Brewster
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._Herbert_Brewster
"William Herbert Brewster (July 2, 1897 – October 14, 1987) was an influential African American Baptist minister, composer, dramatist, singer, poet and community leader.

Early life

Brewster was born in Somerville, Tennessee. A 1922 graduate of Roger Williams College in Nashville, he settled in Memphis in the 1920s; he served as the pastor of the East Trigg Avenue Baptist Church in South Memphis from 1930 until his death in 1987.[1] His lasting fame, however, is through his musical composition. Among his more than 200 published songs are the gospel standards "Move On Up A Little Higher" (Mahalia Jackson's first hit in 1948) and "Surely, God Is Able" (a 1950 hit for The Ward Singers). These songs hold the distinction of being the first million-selling black gospel records. Other Brewster songs that were hits included "Lord I've Tried" (The Soul Stirrers), "I'll Go" (Queen C. Anderson), "I'm Climbing Higher and Higher" (Marion Williams), and a favorite of African-American gospel choirs, "Let Us Go Back to the Old Landmark," among many others.[2]

Though there are several available recordings of Rev. Brewster's gospel groups The Brewster Singers and The Brewsteraires, there are only two vocal recordings of Rev. Brewster himself. Both recordings credited to "Rev. W.H. Brewster And His Camp Meeting Of The Air" appeared on the Gotham single "Give Me That Old Time Religion"/"So Glad I've Got Good Religion". Each song features a narration by Rev. Brewster followed by vocals.[3]

Musical Dramas
Brewster was also the composer of more than fifteen gospel music dramas, including From Auction Block to Glory (1941) which was the first nationally-staged African American religious drama that featured gospel songs written specifically for the production. He was honored by the Smithsonian Institution in 1982 for his music when it presented his musical drama Sowing in Tears, Reaping In Joy.[4]

Apart from his vast legacy in the genre of black gospel music, Brewster also had a formative influence on a young Elvis Presley. Elvis occasionally attended services at East Trigg Avenue Baptist Church and listened to Brewster's sermons which were broadcast on Sunday nights on the "Camp Meeting Of The Air" over Memphis radio station WHBQ."...

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Example #7: "Weeping May Endure For A Night, Joy Cometh In The Morning" Male Chorus



Inside FBCG, Published on Jul 11, 2012

First Baptist Church of Glenarden

Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Pa Bobo Jobarteh - Step down Jammeh (New Gambia) - with information about the political crisis in Gambia, West Africa

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post provides information about the current crisis in the Gambia, West Africa and showcases a video of a song about that crisis by the Gambian musician/vocalist Pa Bobo Jobarteh. Information about Pa Bobo Jobarteh is included in this post along with selected comments from this video's discussion thread.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, political, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Pa Bobo Jobarteh for his musical legacy and thanks for his courage and creativity in composing and performing "Step Down Jammeh".

My prayers are with the people of the Gambia during this momentous time.

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INFORMATION ABOUT THE CURRENT SITUATION IN THE GAMBIA (as of the date of this publication)

From http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gambia-president-elect-sworn-in_us_5880f2d5e4b070d8cad0ff7a?e2sl3vf7qxgioogvi Gambia’s President-Elect Sworn In Despite Incumbent’s Refusal To Step Down
Yahya Jammeh has been in power since 1994 and has refused to concede.
Reuters, 01/19/2017 12:13 pm ET
"Adama Barrow was sworn in as Gambia’s new president on Thursday at a ceremony in the country’s embassy in neighboring Senegal, as incumbent Yahya Jammeh refused to step down after last month’s presidential election.

“This is a day no Gambian will ever forget in a lifetime,” Barrow said in a speech immediately after taking the oath of office. The ceremony was broadcast on Senegalese television.

Fearing unrest, thousands of Gambians have fled the country, the United Nations estimates, and diplomats said its Security Council would on Thursday vote on a resolution backing ECOWAS’s efforts.

Jammeh, in power since a 1994 coup and whose mandate ended overnight, initially conceded to Barrow before back-tracking, saying the vote was flawed. Overnight talks to persuade him to stand down failed despite his increasing political isolation.

“It is very important to us that (Barrow) ...will be sworn in today. Then we can make arrangements for him to go back to Gambia,” said Isatou Toure, a senior Barrow aide...

The Gambian capital, Banjul, was largely quiet on Thursday.

As tour companies pressed on with the evacuation of hundreds of European holidaymakers, shops, market stalls and banks remained closed while police circulated in trucks and soldiers manned checkpoints.

DIPLOMATIC ISOLATION

Senegal’s army, which has deployed hundreds of soldiers at the Gambian border, said on Wednesday it would be ready to cross into its smaller neighbour, which it surrounds, from midnight. Ghana has also pledged troops.

“What the Senegalese said about the midnight deadline was to put pressure on Jammeh. It was a show of muscle,” a diplomat in the region told Reuters.

A senior military source in Nigeria, which pre-positioned war planes and helicopters in Dakar, told Reuters that regional forces would only act once Barrow had been sworn in.

It was unclear what Jammeh’s next move would be.

He faces almost total diplomatic isolation and a government riddled by defections. In the biggest loss yet, Vice President Isatou Njie Saidy, who has held the role since 1997, quit on Wednesday, a government source and a family member told Reuter"...

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INFORMATION ABOUT PA BOBO JOBARTEH

From http://www.accessgambia.com/information/pa-bobo-jobarteh.html
"Pa Bobo Jobarteh is a Mandinka bard, a virtuoso kora player. He composes his own music and performs with his own band called the The Kaira Band was formed in 1988. Fusing hot Senegalese mbalax drumming with cool Manding kora. Its what could be called modern Afro-Manding music for dances and parties.

His rising popularity in The Gambia comes as a result of his adaptations & progression with the musical traditions of his birth.

Pa Bobo was born into one of The Gambia’s most famous Jali families, a family whose musical tradition in West Africa began many generations ago in the eighteenth century. His Father is Malamini Jobarteh (formerly manager of The Gambia National Troup, now retired from music), his grandfather was Kelung Jobarteh and his great grandfather Wandifery Jobarteh, all masters of the kora.

Pa began to play Kora at 6. His international career started with a European tour at age 11. In 1988, aged just 13, he played at WOMAD in the UK to large audiences both in Cornwall and Reading. He has also performed concert tours in Senegal, Singapore and Australia. At 22 Pa recorded `Kaira Naata` for `Real World Records`. Now his rising popularity in The Gambia is a result of his adaptations & progression with the musical traditions of his birth."

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SHOWCASE VIDEO Pa Bobo Jobarteh - Step down Jammeh (New Gambia)



Oumie Jatta, Published on Dec 20, 2016

New hit by Pa Bobo. I hope Jammeh listens to this.
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Selected comments from this video's discussion thread. Numbers are assigned for referencing purposes only.
December 2016
1. RIBERY 97
"I dont like the song because his forget about Serahules"*
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*From http://www.accessgambia.com/information/serahule.html
"The Serahule (or as they are sometimes know the Sarahule, Sarakole, Serahuli or Soninke) make up 9% of the population of Gambia and were and are still engaged in the occupations of peanut and cotton farming, making decorative pottery, goldsmiths, trading and some are involved in the diamond businesses of Sierra Leone and Angola. Today the Serahule are among the country's leading entrepreneurs and real estate owners & developers. Their largest population concentration is in Basse town which is on the eastern most part of the country and the vast majority are Muslims.

They form minority ethic groups in other West African countries such as Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Guinea Bissau and Senegal."....

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Reply
2. seedy sing,
"RIBERY 97
no worries bro serahules n the mandinkas r Bros, we all Gambians"

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Reply
3.RIBERY 97
"seedy sing Thanks bro bless up"

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January 2017
Reply
4. Dudu Jallow
"RIBERY 97 you are right but we're all one.Gambia is our tribe..."

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Reply
5. Carlos Rober
"Am sorry my brother is the way the song is we are all one my brother I'm mandinka but i based in serahulli tribe for teaching field"

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Reply
6. RIBERY 97
"Thank you to everybody"

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Reply
7. Pa Boy
"ooh our sons don't worry no one will ever forget his or sons,lol"

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Reply
8. Ibrahima Keita
"RIBERY 97 we love you for the great job you are doing Oumie"

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Reply
9. Buba Konteh
"RIBERY 97 no just understand him is human being is mistake gambia one love"

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December 2016
10. Been Woods
"Very nice 👍 we want freedom no way back time up fight has begin"

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Reply
11. Amadou Kujabi
"This song is dedicated to Jammeh the outgoing president (Na-wasa)"

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January 2017
12. Ousman Fatajo
"you are heros of music adis moment you love peace and security in Gambia"

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13. amadou tijan Senghore
"come January 19th, we will March to state house with this song as our motivation"

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14. B4 Filan
"Nice bro #Gambia"

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15. Babou Jassey
"nice song I like it we need freedom"

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16. Janko Foday
"Nice music keep it up and may God gives u long life"

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Monday, January 16, 2017

The "We Shall Overcome" Civil Rights Song & Its Linked Arms/ Hands Held Stance

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post provides commentary about and examples of the civil rights song "We Shall Overcome". Particular attention is given to the tradition of singing "We Shall Overcome" while linking arms, holding hands with the person on either side, and swaying back and forth.

The Addendum to this post showcases a video that provides some historical information about the song "We Shall Overcome" and some relatively recent information about the effort to make that song part of the public domain.

The content of this post is presented for historical, cultural, inspirational purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all those who composed "We Shall Overcome" and thanks to those who popularized that song. Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post and all those who are featured in the videos that are included in this post. Thanks also to the publishers of these examples on YouTube>
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I was inspired to revisit this topic because the icon for Google Search January 16, 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a drawing of a diverse group of people linking arms and holding hands (and, presumably singing "We Shall Overcome"). Thanks to Google Search for honoring this tradition.

For more lyrics and video examples of civil rights songs, visit my Civil Rights Song blog http://civilrightssongs.blogspot.com/

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EDITORIAL COMMENT ABOUT THE LINKED ARMS/HANDS HELD STANCE & THE CIVIL RIGHTS SONG "WE SHALL OVERCOME"
[The first part of this comment was previously published in this pancocojams post: http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2015/11/we-shall-overcome-information-lyrics.html]

In 2013 I published a pancocojams post on the Gospel song "I'll Overcome Someday" and the Civil Rights song "We Shall Overcome" Click "http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-gospel-song-i-will-overcome-someday.html.

Unlike that previous post, most of the videos in this post feature examples of "We Shall Overcome" in which the singers either lock arms and sway from side to side while singing this song, or hold hands and stand still or sway from side to side while singing this song. This has become the signature way that "We Shall Overcome" is sung. To my knowledge, no other protest song or civil rights song has this or any other signature movement style.

It's possible that the locked arm style of singing "We Shall Overcome" came from the verse "We'll walk hand in hand". Or that locked arm style may be a way of expressing the unity that the people feel when they are singing this song. Locking arms also shows the resolve of the protesters. Such a stance would also have made it more difficult for the police to arrest individuals, although the police would have eventually succeeded in separating people from those they had locked arms with.

I'm interested in reading your views about why (and when) this custom started and continues of singing "We Shall Overcome" this way.
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Unfortunately, I haven't received any feedback yet about this linked arm/hand held/body swaying from side to side tradition. But it occurs to me that the children's chant "Hey Hey Get Out Of The Way" [I just got back to the USA]* is an example of people linking arms together and chanting- if not singing. That chant is associated with "military brats", but was (and probably still is) chanted by people with no military parents. The chanters lock arms together and walk down the sidewalk, forcing people coming towards them to move out of their way. Like the locked arms of the civil rights protesters who sung "We Shall Overcome", the locked arms of the "Hey Hey Get Out Of The Way" chanters made it less likely that their group would be broken apart.

*Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2014/03/hey-hey-get-out-of-my-way-examples.html for a pancocojams post on "Hey Hey Get Out Of The Way"
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Are there other songs that are sung while linking arms and holding the hands of people on either side (with or without swaying back and forth to the music?)

In searching for examples of other songs in which singers use this stance, I came across this article
http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/celtics_insider/2016/10/celtics_players_cross_arms_hold_hands_during_national_anthem Celtics players cross arms, hold hands during national anthem, Steve Bulpett Tuesday, October 04, 2016
"AMHERST — The Celtics’ players and coaches crossed their arms and held hands with those on either side during the singing of the national anthem prior to Tuesday night’s preseason opener against Philadelphia.

The team action was part of the growing response by athletes to shed light on social inequities that have divided many in the country. San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick spurred the displays when he refused to stand for the anthem.

The move by the Celts as they stood from one side of the court to the other across the free throw line was designed to make a statement.

“That we need change in this world,” said Celt forward Jae Crowder. “We need to do it together. Just not one individual; it’s got to be a team type deal, a unity, a togetherness. Whatever we decide our message to be, it has to be about being together as one and coming together as one.”...

“What do we want to portray?” he [Crowder] said. “What do we want our message to be? That’s what we had talked about, and how can we go about doing it in a positive way? That’s all we talked about.

“We just want to make sure everybody’s on the same page and everybody [can] speak on their belief. We don’t want anybody to feel like they’re doing something they don’t want to do or talk about something they don’t want to talk about. So we just wanted to make sure everybody’s on the same page in those conversations that we had.”

Stevens certainly appreciated the approach.

“I think one of the great things about being a part of a team is you all come from different backgrounds and you learn about each other and you all come together for the common cause,” said the coach. “And that’s why we all love sports, right? We can all rally around that common cause and we can rally around teams. But I think when you really get into deep, impactful stuff, those are special conversations and sometimes those are uncomfortable and sometimes there can be tension around those, but I think that’s the beautiful part about our group, is that they all appreciate one another, really support one another. I think they’re very much into what the teams that I’ve seen thus far, in talking about togetherness and continued progress.”
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A photograph of the Celtic basketball players standing with linked arms/hand held stance is included with this article. But, unfortunately, can't find any video.)

I added italics to highlight that the linked arms/hand held stance appears to be associated with unity and togetherness. However, I think that that stance also represents protest and I think it's significant that that stance was used while singing a song other than "We Shall Overcome".

If you know of other contemporary examples of this linked arms/hands held stance being used while singing "We Shall Overcome", "The [USA] National Anthem" or other songs, please share them in the comment section below. Thanks!

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SHOWCASE EXAMPLES OF THE LINKED ARMS/HAND HELD STANCE WHILE SINGING "WE SHALL OVERCOME"
Example #1: Obama at Ebenezer - We Shall Overcome



Stand with Obama Uploaded on Jan 20, 2008

This is the conclusion of Obama's speech at the church on Martin Luther King on King's Birthday in 2008, when the congregation sings "We Shall Overcome."

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Example #2: We Shall Overcome: A SONG THAT CHANGED THE WORLD


HMH Books Uploaded on Dec 11, 2009
"We Shall Overcome" isn't a complicated piece of music. The first verse has only twenty-two words, most of them repeated. The melody is straightforward. The chords are basic. Yet the song has had a profound effect on people throughout the United States--and the world.

In clear, accessible language Stuart Stotts explores the roots of the tune and the lyrics in traditional African music and Christian hymns. He demonstrates the key role "We Shall Overcome" played in the civil rights, labor, and anti-war movements in America. And he traces the song's transformation into an international anthem. With its dramatic stories and memorable quotes, this saga of a famous piece of music offers a unique way of looking at social history.

Author's note, bibliography, source notes, index.

We Shall Overcome
A SONG THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
Stuart Stotts; Terrance Cummings...
Publication Date: 01/18/2010...

Age Range: 8-12 years
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At .57 in this video there is a photograph of diverse group of protestors with the crossed arm stance
The narrator says "“In 1960 “We Shall Overcome” spread like a tidal wave throughout the United States as the anthem for the civil rights movement.”

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At 1:22 in this video there is a photograph of President Obama, Congressmen John Lewis, and others having their arms linked and holding hands while singing ["We Shall Overcome" ?]

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Example #3: Congressional Leaders Sing 'We Shall Overcome'



yazakchattiest Published on Jun 25, 2014
Media Research Center
http://www.mrc.org/
CNS News
http://www.cnsnew
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According to another video, this event commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

Fast forward two more years, on June 22, 2016 members of the United States Democratic Congressional delegation held a sit in on the House floor and sung "We Shall Overcome". The video isn't clear and I can't tell if they linked arms while singing that song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujER5HQ1s9o

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Example #4: 'We Shall Overcome' rings out at Charleston vigil

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8Y1dFzI0no

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AFP news agency ,Published on Jun 20, 2015

The solemn verses of "We Shall Overcome" rings out in a college basketball arena at a vigil for the nine victims of a massacre at a historic African-American church.
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This is an integrated group of people. Everyone locks arms with the people next to them and sways from side to side while singing "We Shall Overcome".

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ADDENDUM:
I added this video for the history that it shares.
'We Shall Overcome' At The Center Of A Public Domain Dispute – Newsy



Newsy Published on Apr 14, 2016

The Library of Congress calls "We Shall Overcome" "the most powerful song of the 20th century," and now one group is claiming that the song should be owned by everyone.

Transcript:
"Deep in my heart, I do believe, we shall overcome someday," Joan Baez sings.
The Library of Congress calls "We Shall Overcome" "the most powerful song of the 20th century," and now one group is claiming that the song should be owned by everyone.

The We Shall Overcome Foundation filed a lawsuit challenging the copyright of the song that's in the title of the organization, saying the song is "dedicated to public use and in the public domain."

Ludlow Music Inc., an imprint of The Richmond Organization, claims to have registered that copyright in 1960. But the lawsuit asserts it was never really Ludlow Music's to begin with.

"We Shall Overcome" contains lyrics similar to an African-American spiritual. One of the first printed versions of the song appeared in the United Mine Workers Journal in 1909.

That was later corroborated by folk singer Pete Seeger.
"It said we started every meeting with a prayer and singing that good ol' song, 'We Will Overcome,'" Seeger said in an interview with Pacifica Radio.

Seeger had also published the song in a newsletter intended to "create, promote and distribute songs of labor and the American people."

Some are comparing this lawsuit to another one centered on another popular song. Interestingly enough, the lawyers who worked to get "Happy Birthday" in the public domain are doing the same with "We Shall Overcome."
Along with the song being placed in the public domain, the "We Shall Overcome" lawsuit asks for Ludlow Music to return licensing fees it has collected from the song — which could be in the millions."..

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