American Experience: Partners of the Heart
Breakthroughs: Protest and Resistance

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One song I think we sang more than any song as we marched downtown was I Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around. We sang that song each time, and we would march from Tennessee State University down to Fisk, and the high school students would join us as we marched, and then we'd go all the way downtown. And persons in the neighborhood would join us, and that's the one song that everybody knew, so that song was sung more than any others.

Turn me around, turn me around, turn me around. Ain't gonna let nobody turn me around, gonna keep on a walkin', keep on a' talkin', marchin' down the freedom lane.

And we did it, and then each one of the cities added a verse in that would affect that city. For instance, "I ain't gonna let Bull Connor..." and then each one of the others - you went to Selma - you added in their Chief Pritchett, you'd add in those persons.

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