Los Angeles, CA
August 1963
Freedom Singers led by Bertha Gober
Retaining much of the format of the arranged spiritual "Rockin Jerusalem," Bertha Grober and Jannie Lee Culbreth created this song while in jail in Albany, GA. Gober had sung the solo of "Rockin Jerusalem" as a member of her high school choir. The verses refer to Albany's Chief of Police Laurie Pritchett and Maya Asa Kelly.
Courtesy of Voices of the Civil Rights Movement: Black American Freedom Songs, 1960-1966 a Smithsonian Folkways Recording1997.
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