From our Colleagues at the University of Texas, San Antionio, Department of Music:
At 11:00 AM on Martin Luther King Day (Monday, January 16, 2017), we invite you, your families, your church groups, and your school choirs to stop and sing "Amazing Grace" with the people around you. The four verses of John Newton's longer poem that we will all sing are printed below. The intent of this nationwide effort is to honor Dr. King's legacy and to spread a sense of community in the Americas.
Please spread the word to your friends, to your church, to your choir members, and through Social Media. We want to have the whole nation singing together at that time! Please visit and share the link for this event on Facebook, which can be found at:
Consider joining Singing for a New World: Raising Voices in the Americas, our larger effort to promote more singing in our society! Visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/359629271044884/ to learn more.
Amazing Grace (John Newton)
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.