Far too few people realize that the Civil Rights Movement would never have happened without the African-American Church. This was a deeply spiritual movement, bathed in prayer and preaching, like so many profound social movements in America’s history. This film sets out to show how this really happened. Narrated by Ossie Davis it proves to be a great introduction to a theme that I fear is almost lost to modern Christians.
The Civil Rights Movement has been examined from many different angles but this is the first attempt to connect it directly to the Church. What role did churches really have in the rise and history of this movement and why was this so important in the long run? Why were ministers so central to this effort and how did they give it strength without becoming political partisans, at least in terms of the kind of politics that are normally associated with such social change today?
The principal participants in the Civil Rights Movement are seen on this film and openly talk about their role. Most of them are now retired ministers. One of them is an important historian of the black churches and their movement. Others include people who were youthful participants in the struggle, including two of the nine students who integrated Central High School in Little Rick in 1957.
This film should be seen by Christians of all backgrounds and ages. It is a production of Family Net Television and is suitable for younger viewers if you want them to understand the real truth of this important era in American history.
All American movements seem to become associated with music. This was very true of the Civil Rights Movement. A great rendition of the popular 1963 song by The Seekers, upon which the title of this film is based, can be accessed on You Tube. You will enjoy watching this clip.