Guy Carawan : ‘We Shall Overcome’ folklorist Dies aged 87

Guy Carawan : 'We Shall Overcome' folklorist Dies aged 87

Guy Carawan, whose rendition of the song ‘We Shall Overcome’ became a unifying anthem of the 1960s civil rights movement, has died at his home in Tennessee. He was 87.

The folk musician’s rendition of the 19th century hymn ‘We Shall Overcome’ was adopted by activists in the 1960s.

‘We Shall Overcome’ was sung at the march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, which was led by Martin Luther King.

Carawan is credited with performing and teaching the song in 1960 during the founding meeting of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Raleigh, North Carolina.

His wife Candie confirmed that the musician, who had Alzheimer’s disease, died peacefully at his home in Tennessee on Saturday, May 2.

Candie Carawan told newsnet5 in Cleveland: “Guy very peacefully slipped away.

“When you know somebody is on their way, it was really the best way to go, and I was very grateful that was how it was.”

“We will miss Guy Carawan,” added Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero. “His lifelong work for justice will be impossible to replace.

“My thoughts are with Candie, Evan and Heather and all of his family and friends.”