Shine Your Light Into The Darkness

When interrelated crises incite feelings of hopelessness and confused fear among many, we become powerful through the light we shine into the darkness.


This Little Light of Mine - Historic recording of the iconic Civil Rights Movement song from a mass meeting of the time. Read about the background of this recording and the singers here. An equally legendary version of the song is the one by Fannie Lou Hamer--listen to her version. Of related interest is this story about the significance of "light" in the African-American freedom movement: Shine Your Light on the World: Sonic Visionaries in African American Music.
What is Your Life Blueprint? - Rare film of Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking to students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on October 26, 1967. One of his most powerful, but little-known speeches. A transcript of the speech is available here.
The Spiritual Foundation of Racial Justice - An informal recorded talk (via ZOOM) by Dr. Robert C. Henderson. Powerful insights into living and acting positively in the context of the Black Lives Matter movement, COVID, and other global crises.
We are Virginia Tech - Nikki Giovanni recites a poem she composed as a reflection on the shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007. Relevant to the current human situation as well. The text of the poem is available here.
Remember - Video of U.S. Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo, reading her poem. The text of the poem is available here.