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Transcription: {SPEAKER name="John Lewis"}
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dyin' every day. And if it takes death because we make a freedom ballot, then let us die.

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Because if we don't make some supreme sacrifice now, our children are gon hafta suffer.

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And its not right to bring a black child into this world for him to be segregated when you know you haven't done anything.

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And remember, I'm not talkin about the roll up in heaven. We got children askin' their parents now, "Mama, what have you done for freedom?"

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And if all these kids can get out here and work seventeen hours a day, then we can make some effort. We owe it to 'em! They didn't ask to be brough in this world [No, no!]

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They didn't be brought in here, it was our pleasure that brough em' in this world.

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And we oughta do somethin to get it, to make 'em better. Don't let us fool ourselves. We got an obligation to our grandchildren.

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We gotta pay off our debt.

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And as we pay off the debt we can go forward singing we shall overcome. Thank you [clapping] [Go ye, go ye, go ye]

{SILENCE}

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Sing one song then we gonna hear from people been working in Washington County. [Back you up and??]

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[[group singing]] I'm gonna sit at the welcome table, Oh Lordy I'm gonna sit at the welcome table one of these days. Hallelujah! I'm gonna sit at the welcome table, I'm gonna sit at the welcome table one of these days, one of these days.

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Well, I'm gonna get my equal rights, oh Lordy, I'm gonna get my equal rights Lord one of these days. Hallelujah! I'm gonna get my equal rights, I'm gonna get my equal rights one of these days, one of these days.

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Well, I'm gonna tell God on this city, oh Lordy I'm gonna tell God on this city one of these days. Hallelujah! I'm gonna tell God on this city. I'm gonna tell God on this city one of these days, one of these days.

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Well, I'm gonna be [[out at the water?]], oh Lordy I'm gonna [[be out ? myself ?]] one of these days. Hallelujah! I'm gonna be [[out at the water?]]. I'm gonna be [[out at the ?]] one of these days, one of these days.

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Well, I'm gonna sing and never get tired, oh Lordy I'm gonna sing and never get tired one of these days. Hallelujah! I'm gonna gonna sing and never get tired. I'm gonna sing and never get tired one of these days, one of these days.

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Well, I'm gonna walk the streets of [[?]] , oh Lordy I'm gonna walk the streets of [[?]] one of these days. Hallelujah! I'm gonna walk the streets of [[?]]. I'm gonna walk the streets of [[?]] one of these days, one of these days.

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Well, I'm gonna tell God how you treat me, oh Lordy I'm gonna tell God how you treat me one of these days. Hallelujah! I'm gonna tell God how you treat me. I'm gonna tell God how you treat me one of these days, one of these days.

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Well, I'm gonna sit at the welcome table, Oh Lordy I'm gonna sit at the welcome table one of these days. Hallelujah! I'm gonna sit at the welcome table, I'm gonna sit at the welcome table one of these days, one of these days.






Transcription Notes:
@:25:57 I can't tell what they are saying for sure.

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