A Film by
Bill Guttentag
Dan Sturman

Executive Produced by
Danny Glover

Produced by
Joslyn Barnes
Jim Czarnecki
Bill Guttentag
Dan Sturman

Executive Producers
Jarrett Lilien
Gina Harrell
Mark Downie
Marc Henry Johnson

Dylan Nelson

Associate Producers
Agnes Varis
William Douglass
Peter Buffett
Jennifer Buffett
Mihal Arguetty

Directors of Photography
Buddy Squires
Jon Else
Stephen Kazmierski

Edited by
Jeffrey Doe

Original Score Composed by
Philip Marshall

Music Producer
Corey Smyth

Beverly Oden

Associate Producers
Julia Mintz
Lindsay Gillette
Lauren McCauley

Post-Production Supervisor
Julia Mintz

Additional Cinematography
Giles Dunning
Dermott Downs

Mark Roy

Assistant Camera
Paul Marbury
Anthony Savini
Jonathan Weaver

Titles Consultant
Deborah Ross Film Design

Titles & Graphics
Jerome Olivier

Music Consultant
Evyen Klean

Music Clearance
Julie Sessing

David Evans

Music Assistant
Midori Nishijima-Kim

Music Filmed on Location at
16th St. Baptist Church, Birmingham
Avatar Studios, New York City
Conway Studios, Los Angeles
Electric Lady Studios, New York City
The Pass Studios, Los Angeles
S.I.R. Studios, New York City

Line Producers
Karin Chien
Karen Lin
Mynette Louie

First Assistant Director
Rebecca Strickland

Camera Operators
Manuel Billeter
Sam Chase
Vincent Follier
Magdalena Gorka
Neil Kirkpatrick

Music Coordinator
Delvida Flaherty

Recording Engineers
Jan Fairchild
Joel Hamilton
Tom Soares
Jon Smeltz
Ryan West

Still Photographers
Josh Miller
Mitsuyo Miyazaki

Production Legal
Jennifer Justice
Elizabeth Paw

Counsel to Louverture Films
Iddo Arad of Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein, & Selz

Louverture Production Coordinator
Julia Morgan

Production Accountant
Marilyn Penn-Lindley

Louverture Accountant
Sarisa Middleton

Assistant to Mr. Glover
Esailama Artry-Diouf

Production Interns
Tom Sasinowski
Alex Sobotowski

International Sales
Wild Bunch

Online Editor and Colorist
Peter Heady

Sound Design
Ira Spiegel

Re-recording Mixer
Martin Czembor

Music Mixed by
Jan Fairchild

Dialogue Editor
Bruce Kitzmeyer

Assistant Sound Editor
Dan Fulton

Music Editor
Philip Marshall

Music Technician
Daniel James Chan

End Credits
Clay Haskell

Archival Images Courtesy of
ABC VideoSource
Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama
Anthology Film Archives
AP Archive
AP Images
Archive Films/Getty Images
BBC Motion Gallery
Richard Beymer
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham, Alabama
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
TV Archives Sales
Classic Images
Malinda D. Edwards
The Enterprise-Journal
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Footage Farm USA
Guy and Candie Carawan
Henry Hampton Archive, University of Washington at St. Louis
Historic Films
ITN Source/Fox Movetonews, Inc.
ITN Source/Reuters
John F. Kennedy Library
Joseph Loew/Time Life/Getty Images
The Library of Congress
Danny Lyon, Magnum Photos
J. Fred MacDonald & Associates
Mississippi Department of Archives and History
The Montgomery Advertiser
Montgomery County Archives
National Archives and Records Administration
Special Media Archives Services Division, College Park, Maryland
NBC13HD, Birmingham, Alabama
NBC News Archives
New York Daily News
The Post Standard, Syracuse, New York
Press & Sun Bulletin, Binghampton, New York
Steve Schapiro/CORBIS
Streamline Films, Inc.
Thought Equity Motion
Turner Network Television
UCLA Film & Television Archive
University of South Carolina Newsfilm Library
Joyce Ware


This May Be the Last Time
Performed by Anthony Hamilton & Blind Boys of Alabama:
Billy Bowers, Bobby Butler,
Jimmy Carter, Eric McKinnie,
Ben Moore, Tracy Pierce, Joey Williams
Produced and Performed by Soulive
Guitar - Eric Krasno
Organ and Keyboards - Neal Evans
Drums - Alan Evans
Anthony Hamilton Courtesy of So So Def Records
Blind Boys of Alabama Courtesy of Time Life Records
Soulive courtesy of Stax Records

Wade in the Water
Performed by Angie Stone
Produced by Eric Krasno
Drums - Edward Dixon
Bass - Charles Freeman
Keyboards - Steven Tillman
Angie Stone courtesy of Stax Records
Performed by Dorothy Cotton

This Little Light of Mine
Performed by the Carlton Reese Memorial Unity Choir
Featuring Valencia Reese
Performed by Lula Joe Williams

I'm Gonna Sit at the Welcome Table
Performed by Guy and Candie Carawan

One of These Old Days
Performed by The Caravans featuring Shirley Caesar
courtesy of Geffen Records
under license from Universal Music Enterprises

Which Side Are You On?
Written by Florence Reece
Performed by Hank Thomas
Performed by The Freedom Singers
from Voices of The Civil Rights Movement
courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Ninety-Nine and A Half Won't Do
Performed by Carlton Reese
and the Birmingham Movement Choir
from Sing For Freedom
courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Hallelujah, I'm a-Travelin'
Tune "Hallelujah I'm a Bum" by Harry McClintock
Performed by Hank Thomas

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Performed by Joss Stone
Produced by James Poyser
Guitar - Randall Bowland
Upright Bass - James Genus
Organ - James Poyser
Drums - Steven Wolf
Joss Stone courtesy Of Virgin Records

Ain't Scared of Your Jails
Written by Lester Cobb
Performed by Chuck Neblett

We Shall Not Be Moved
Performed by Mary Mary gor Releve Entertainment
Produced by Warryn Campbell
Main Vocals - Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell
Background Vocals - Alana Atkins, Shanta Atkins
Background Vocals - Thomasina Atkins
Guitar - Charlie Bereal
Bass - Warryn Campbell
Drums - Nisan Stewart
Mary Mary appears courtesy of Columbia Records
Performed by Lynda Lowery

We Shall Overcome
Musical and Lyrical adaptation by Zilphia Horton,
Frank Hamilton, Guy Carawan and Pete Seeger
Inspired by African American Gospel Singing, members of the
Food & Tobacco Workers Union, Charleston, SC, and the
southern Civil Rights Movement. Royalties derived from this
composition are being contributed to the We Shall Overcome
Fund and The Freedom Movement under the Trusteeship of the writers.
Performed by Pete Seeger & the SNCC Freedom Singers
Performed by Guy Carawan
Performed by Harold Middlebrook
Performed by Anthony Hamilton, Joss Stone,
Blind Boys of Alabama, Mary Mary, and John Legend
Produced by Eric Krasno
Arranged by Nigel Hall, Eric Krasno, and Adam Deitch

Freedom's Gonna Reign
Written by Carlton Reese
Performed by the Carlton Reese Memorial Unity Choir
featuring Mary Turner

I'm On My Way
Performed by the Carlton Reese Memorial Unity Choir
featuring Mamie Brown-Mason
Performed by Odetta at the March on Washington

Here's to the State of Mississippi
Written by Phil Ochs
Performed by Wyclef Jean and Jerry Wonder
Produced by Wyclef Jean
Wyclef Jean courtesy of Columbia Records

Will The Circle Be Unbroken?
Performed by Richie Havens
Richie Havens courtesy of Stormy Forest Productions, Inc.

Yes, We Want Our Freedom
Performed by Cleo Kennedy and Carlton Reese
from Sing For Freedom
courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round
Performed by the Carlton Reese Memorial Unity Choir
featuring Eloise Gaffney
Performed by The Roots
Produced by James Poyser & Ahmir Thompson
Main Vocal - Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter
Drums - Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson
Organ - James Poyser
Sousaphone - Damon "Tuba Gooding Jr." Bryson
Background Vocals - Babatunde Adebimpe
Background Vocals - Kyp Malone
The Roots courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group,
a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Governor Wallace
Written by James Orange
Performed by The Freedom Singers
from Voices Of The Civil Rights Movement
courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Performed by Chuck Neblett

Right! Right!
Written by Len H. Chandler, Jr.
Performed by Lula Joe Williams

Take My Hand, Precious Lord
Written by Thomas A. Dorsey
Performed by Mahalia Jackson
courtesy of Columbia Records
by arrangement with Sony BMG Entertainment

Woke Up This Morning
Performed by the SNCC Freedom Singers
courtesy of Creative Arts Television
Produced and Performed by John Legend
John Legend courtesy Of Columbia Records

Special Thanks to:
Samantha Allen
Matthew Jones
Russo Anastasio
Teri Kane
Laura Anderson
Aaron Kaplan
Judy Arthur
Rod Kramer
Annie Pearl Avery
Rachel Lawson
Jon Bendis
Chris Lehane
Jana Bezdek
Adam Leipzig
Peter Bregman
Leonie's Light Foundation
Marina Brodskay
Gay Campbell
Linda Lichter
Heather Carawan
Jake Long
Joe Carlone
Janet Lopez
Alison Carrick
Vincent Maraval
The Staff Of Carrie
Pam McMichael
Productions, Inc.
Agnes Mentre
Holly Carter
James Meredith
Sharon Chatten
Jerry Mitchell
Courtney Christian
Joan Mulholland
Maya Mintz Coccoluto
Diane Nash
Cranford House,
Anita Nayar
Marvina Neblett
The American News
Lanier Nelson
Women's Club
Dorenna Newton
Danny Cupit
Rich Nichols
Eli Davis
Wendy Oxenhorn
Morris Dees
Joanne Parsons
Ant Demby
Joe Postiglione
David Dennis
Arthur Price
Michael Donaldson
Nick Quested
Charles Driebe
Jennifer Reeve
Chip Duncan
Sam Robinson
James Early
David Rowntree
Carla Sims
Lisa Ellis
Southern Poverty Law Center
Cassian Elwes
Tim Spitzer
Jim Stewart
Anthony Falzone
Cece Sturman
Alabama Film Commission
Edie Sturman
Bettie Mae Fikes
Jennifer Sturman
Ernest Green
Lindsay Sturman
Misha Guttentag
Nate Swift
Sasha Guttentag
Celia Tisdale
Emory Harris
Tv On The Radio
Rutha Harris
Nona Valiunas
Bruce Hartford
William Weil
Leslie Hawes
Winnie Wong
Natalie Hill
Tommy Wrenn
Julie Janata
Lizz Wright
Brenda Jones
Richard Young
Marshall Jones
Jim Zwerg


Post Production
Vanessa Ezersky
Glenn Fukushima
Greg Shea

Series Designer
Alison Kennedy

On-line Editor
Spencer Gentry

Sound Mix
John Jenkins

Production Manager
Nancy Sherman

Molly Jacobs
Tory Starr

Jay Fialkov
Janice Flood
Maureen Jordan
Scott Kardel

Project Administration
Susana Fernandes
Pamela Gaudiano
Patricia Yusah

Marketing and Communications
Lauren Noyes

Project Manager
Lauren Prestileo

Series Manager
James E. Dunford

Coordinating Producer
Susan Mottau

Senior Editor
Paul Taylor

Series Producer
Susan Bellows

Senior Producer
Sharon Grimberg

Executive Producer
Mark Samels

A Production of
Louverture Films
Freedom Song Productions
Wild Bunch
Goldcrest Films International

Copyright 2009 Freedom Song Productions, Llc
All Rights Reserved

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Songs like "We Shall Overcome" and "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round" gave civil rights activists the will, passion and solidarity to stand up against racial inequality. What do these songs mean to you? Do you ever sing them today? Do you hear them?