“Lift Every Voice”
“God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
Thou who has brought us thus far on the way;
Thou who has by Thy might
Led us into the light,
Keep us forever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee,
Lest, our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee;
Shadowed beneath Thy hand,
May we forever stand,
True to our God,
True to our native land.”
Rev. Joseph Lowery, a Methodist minister and co-founder with Martin Luther King Jr. of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, quoted these fitting words from the hymn “Lift Every Voice” Tuesday during the benediction at the inauguration.