Charleston Crowds Sing 'We Shall Overcome' At Vigil

Beautiful.

To honor the nine people killed at the historical Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday night, a multiracial crowd gathered for an emotional vigil at Morris Brown AME Church.

There, people held hands and sang "We Shall Overcome," among other powerful hymns.

According to ABC News, the church overflowed with guests, filling the ground level to the balcony and into spare rooms. 

According to The Post and Courier, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley said at the vigil: "It isn't when we fall that counts, it's how we get up... We will look back on [this tragedy] as a time when love and goodness came together to overcome evil." 

And outside, reports say you could hear the crowd singing "This Little Light of Mine."

AME is one of the oldest Black congregations in the U.S., and such a gathering in the wake of tragedy reminds us of the church's long history of resilience. 

Moreover, The Library of Congress calls "We Shall Overcome" the most powerful song of the 20th century, seeing as it "started out in church pews and picket lines, inspired one of the greatest freedom movements in U.S. history, and went on to topple governments and bring about reform all over the world."

And yesterday, we heard it loud.

(H/T: The Huffington Post)