Holiday Program

Lift Every Voice And Sing Lyrics

Written by James Weldon Johnson

Lift every voice and sing,
till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the listening skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the
dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
let us march on till victory is won.
Stony the road we trod,
bitter the chastening rod,
felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
yet with a steady beat,
have not our weary feet
come to the place
for which our fathers died?

We have come over a way that with tears have been watered,
We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,
out from the gloomy past,
till now we stand at last
where the white gleam
of our bright star is cast.God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;
thou who hast 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.

Monday, January 21, 2019, 12:15 – 2:00 PM

St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 127 NW 7th, Oklahoma City


In 1983, the United States Congress passed, and then President Reagan signed, a bill to create an federal holiday to honor the life, memory, and influence of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Now, to remember and honor King’s ideals, sacrifice and contributions to our nation, we come together to pray, to sing, to celebrate, but also to re-pledge our own commitment to nonviolence, peace and the pursuit of justice.

This Holiday Program offers a fitting place to make that commitment publicly and in communion with a diverse community of like-minded people. The event is free and open to all.

The event features an invocation, speeches from community leaders, music and a benediction. The parade immediately follows, starting from a nearby location.

When available, the program for the event will be made available on this page.