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Zilphia Horton Sings "We Will Overcome"
Zilphia Horton Sings "We Will Overcome"
Published: 2015/11/22
Channel: Isaias Gamboa
Zilphia Horton Project Trailer
Zilphia Horton Project Trailer
Published: 2014/01/30
Channel: Bailey Barash
Highlander Research & Education Center
Highlander Research & Education Center's Zilphia Horton Project
Published: 2011/02/21
Channel: Pardo75
Remembering Guy Carawan and “We Shall Overcome”, Errol Brown, Johnny Gimble
Remembering Guy Carawan and “We Shall Overcome”, Errol Brown, Johnny Gimble
Published: 2015/06/02
Channel: Rememberingthepassed
We Shall Overcome
We Shall Overcome
Published: 2015/05/02
Channel: Pete Seeger - Topic
"No More Mourning" from FD-764, Highlander Research and Education Center Collection #20361
"No More Mourning" from FD-764, Highlander Research and Education Center Collection #20361
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: sfolklife
We Shall Overcome - Z. Horton, F. Hamilton, G. Carawan, P.Seger
We Shall Overcome - Z. Horton, F. Hamilton, G. Carawan, P.Seger
Published: 2013/07/22
Channel: slumdogmusic
SEIU Local 21 LA Delegate
SEIU Local 21 LA Delegate's Assembly
Published: 2013/01/27
Channel: SEIULocal21LA
We shall Overcome - Z. Horton, F. Hamilton, G.Carawan, P. Seger - Buckner Villas
We shall Overcome - Z. Horton, F. Hamilton, G.Carawan, P. Seger - Buckner Villas
Published: 2011/07/17
Channel: slumdogmusic
Myles Horton Clip
Myles Horton Clip
Published: 2013/10/30
Channel: Michelle Franklin
Highlander Folk School: The Story Behind Myles Horton
Highlander Folk School: The Story Behind Myles Horton
Published: 2011/11/29
Channel: zdavis38
"We Shall Overcome" by Sam Baker
"We Shall Overcome" by Sam Baker
Published: 2012/01/16
Channel: Tom Weber
We Shall Not Be Moved
We Shall Not Be Moved
Published: 2009/12/20
Channel: yqzaa
We Shall Overcome
We Shall Overcome
Published: 2010/06/09
Channel: Asthmasax
WE SHALL OVERCOME ANTI-TRUMP PROTESTERS
WE SHALL OVERCOME ANTI-TRUMP PROTESTERS
Published: 2017/03/24
Channel: ThinkingIsFree2016
Library and Archives Workshop: Preserving Tennessee Folkways
Library and Archives Workshop: Preserving Tennessee Folkways
Published: 2016/12/07
Channel: Sec. Tre Hargett
Jacob Slocum - CREATING THE BELOVED COMMUNITY (Beginnings) Movement III. We Shall Overcome
Jacob Slocum - CREATING THE BELOVED COMMUNITY (Beginnings) Movement III. We Shall Overcome
Published: 2015/12/04
Channel: Jacob Slocum Music
We Shall Overcome and Innocence Reprise by Lij
We Shall Overcome and Innocence Reprise by Lij
Published: 2013/12/09
Channel: LL
We Shall Overcome
We Shall Overcome
Published: 2014/12/12
Channel: Various Artists - Topic
WE SHALL OVERCOME
WE SHALL OVERCOME
Published: 2014/09/26
Channel: Various Artists - Topic
We Shall Over Come  Jaafar Hasan
We Shall Over Come Jaafar Hasan
Published: 2016/12/12
Channel: معجبي جعفرحسن
Myles Horton
Myles Horton
Published: 2014/08/03
Channel: Erin Karpinec
Myles Horton and the highlander folk school
Myles Horton and the highlander folk school
Published: 2015/03/23
Channel: Samson Wood-Phillips
We Shall Overcome - Middle-Eastern Flavour Cover - Barry Gonen
We Shall Overcome - Middle-Eastern Flavour Cover - Barry Gonen
Published: 2013/10/14
Channel: Barry Gonen
We Shall Not Be Moved
We Shall Not Be Moved
Published: 2009/09/19
Channel: ProtestSongs
We Shall Overcome (Live)
We Shall Overcome (Live)
Published: 2017/01/25
Channel: Pete Seeger - Topic
Rise Up Singing: We Shall Overcome
Rise Up Singing: We Shall Overcome
Published: 2009/01/24
Channel: Matthew Vaughan
We Shall Overcome
We Shall Overcome
Published: 2014/11/23
Channel: Paul Winter - Topic
We Shall Overcome
We Shall Overcome
Published: 2017/02/11
Channel: Charlie Haden - Topic
Myles Horton and the Highlander Folk School
Myles Horton and the Highlander Folk School
Published: 2012/10/01
Channel: Mark Chou
Carllo Carlos - We Shall Overcome
Carllo Carlos - We Shall Overcome
Published: 2017/04/30
Channel: Carllo Carlos
Jairo - Venceremos (No Tenemos Miedo) - 1983 - sp version "We Shall Overcome" (1946)
Jairo - Venceremos (No Tenemos Miedo) - 1983 - sp version "We Shall Overcome" (1946)
Published: 2017/04/02
Channel: BurlFish79
We Shall Overcome
We Shall Overcome
Published: 2017/01/28
Channel: Mahalia Jackson - Topic
We shall Overcome (Fingerpicking guitar)
We shall Overcome (Fingerpicking guitar)
Published: 2016/04/22
Channel: Toni Giménez
We Shall Overcome
We Shall Overcome
Published: 2014/11/08
Channel: Bruce Springsteen - Topic
We Shall Overcome
We Shall Overcome
Published: 2014/09/02
Channel: The Brothers Four - Topic
We shall overcome
We shall overcome
Published: 2014/11/28
Channel: Various Artists - Topic
We Shall Overcome by the Peace of Heart Choir [Live] [HD]
We Shall Overcome by the Peace of Heart Choir [Live] [HD]
Published: 2016/07/12
Channel: TonyGloUTube
We Shall Overcome
We Shall Overcome
Published: 2014/11/06
Channel: Peter, Paul and Mary - Topic
This Land Is Your Land / We Shall Overcome
This Land Is Your Land / We Shall Overcome
Published: 2017/01/26
Channel: Dirty Dancing Ensemble - Topic
We Shall Overcome (Live)
We Shall Overcome (Live)
Published: 2015/09/24
Channel: Pete Seeger - Topic
Piano 365 - 1.20.14
Piano 365 - 1.20.14
Published: 2014/01/21
Channel: Jill Huntington
We Shall Overcome
We Shall Overcome
Published: 2016/04/06
Channel: Peter, Paul and Mary - Topic
"We Shall Overcome" from FD-750, Highlander Research and Education Center Collection #20361
"We Shall Overcome" from FD-750, Highlander Research and Education Center Collection #20361
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: sfolklife
"We Shall Overcome" from FD-754, Highlander Research and Education Center Collection #20361
"We Shall Overcome" from FD-754, Highlander Research and Education Center Collection #20361
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: sfolklife
This Little Light of Mine, Shake Another Hand
This Little Light of Mine, Shake Another Hand
Published: 2008/06/02
Channel: rocketsforever
We Shall Overcome
We Shall Overcome
Published: 2017/02/11
Channel: Charlie Haden - Topic
Bernie Sanders — We Shall Overcome (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
Bernie Sanders — We Shall Overcome (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
Published: 2016/01/28
Channel: Todd R. Lockwood Works
Charlie Haden & Liberation Music Orchestra, "El quinto regimiento", 1969
Charlie Haden & Liberation Music Orchestra, "El quinto regimiento", 1969
Published: 2016/03/20
Channel: Marco Renzini
Charlie Haden & Liberation Music Orchestra, "The introduction /song of the united front", 1969
Charlie Haden & Liberation Music Orchestra, "The introduction /song of the united front", 1969
Published: 2016/03/20
Channel: Marco Renzini
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WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE

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Zilphia Horton (April 14, 1910 – April 11, 1956) was an American musician, community organizer, educator, Civil Rights activist, and folklorist. She is best known for her work with her husband Myles Horton at the Highlander Folk School where she is generally credited with turning such songs as "We Shall Overcome", "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize," "We Shall Not Be Moved," and "This Little Light of Mine" from hymns into songs of the Civil Rights Movement.

Biography[edit]

Zilphia was born Zilphia Mae Johnson in the mining town of Spadra, Arkansas. She was the second child of Robert Guy Johnson and Ora Ermon Howard Johnson. Her father was superintendent of the local coal mine which he later owned and operated. Her mom was a school teacher. She was of Spanish and Indian heritage. She was trained as a classical musician.[1]

She was a graduate of the College of the Ozarks (now the University of the Ozarks). She was determined to use her talents for the better good of the southern working class. She was disowned by her family after she tried to organize her father's coal mine. In 1935, she attended a labor education workshop at the Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, Tennessee.[2] Two months later, she married the school's founder, Myles Horton.

As a member of the staff, Zilphia served in many ways. She directed workers' theatre productions, junior union camps, and various community programs, organized union locals, and led singing at workshops, picket lines, union meetings, and fund-raising concerts. She had students collect folk songs, religious music, and union songs around the South which she then re-wrote or re-worked to turn into anthems of the Civil Rights movement.

She and Myles Horton had two children. On April 11, 1956, she died of kidney failure after accidentally drinking a glass of typewriter cleaning fluid containing carbon tetrachloride she mistook for water.

Accomplishments[edit]

She is best known for helping to transform the song "We Shall Overcome" into a Civil Rights anthem in 1946. Other musicians credited with transforming the song are Frank Hamilton, Guy Carawan, and Pete Seeger. Other songs she reworked were "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize," "We Shall Not Be Moved," and "This Little Light of Mine." She collected hundreds of songs. Her papers are deposited in the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville.[3]

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zilphia Mae Johnson Horton (1910–1956) - Encyclopedia of Arkansas". www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  2. ^ "Employing Music in the Cause of Social Justice". www.nyfolklore.org. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  3. ^ "HORTON, ZILPHIA, FOLK MUSIC COLLECTION, 1935-1956 | Tennessee Secretary of State". sos.tn.gov. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 

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