Interview with Amelia Boynton Robinson
QUESTION 23
INTERVIEWER:

WE SHALL OVERCOME, HE ASKED THE NATION TO SUPPORT VOTING RIGHTS…

FILM PRODUCTION TEAM:

OK, this is wild…[overlap]

Amelia Boynton Robinson:

When President Johnson said that we shall overcome and federalized the troops, I realized that our theme song, which became a prayer to us, we shall overcome, deep in our hearts, we realized that we will overcome. And I had noticed that that song to this day is sung throughout the entire world and when we got our President to realize that fact that we shall overcome, I feel that we had at least converted him to the fact that the old way of life had passed out forever, never to be returned. And we, as Americans—black and white together—shall overcome and deep in our hearts, I do believe we shall overcome someday.