You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history’s shame
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
Who do you trust? We are living in a time when we hear so much negativity on the TV, News, and Social Media, but Proverbs 3: 5-6 tells us to trust in the Lord.
Morgan Freeman takes viewers on a global journey to meet with people from different cultures whose lives are shaped in surprising ways, exploring themes that unite us all. At a time when global events seem to be driving cultures apart, the series aims to reveal the common humanity that lies inside each one of us. Each hour-long episode explores a single fundamental force or topic: freedom, peace, love, social division, power, and rebellion.
Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist, who led the Civil Rights Movement from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968.