Death of Guy Carawan

July 27, 1927 - May 2, 2015
New Market, Tennessee | Age 87

Singer behind 'We Shall Overcome' anthem dies
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The Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Guy Carawan, a folk singer and social-justice advocate credited with turning the African-American spiritual "We Shall Overcome" into a unifying anthem of the 1960s civil rights movement, has died at 87.

For years, Carawan was a leader of the Highlander Research and Education Center in Tennessee. It served as a gathering place for social-justice activists, including the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks.


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