"Ella's Song"

Phyllis Prentice, a Campaign to End the Death Penalty activist from Maryland, introduced and sang "Ella's Song."

This was created by Sweet Honey in the Rock. Bernice Johnson Reagon was one of the original freedom singers in the civil rights movement, and these are the words of Ella Baker that they put to music.

We who believe in Freedom cannot rest
We who believe in Freedom cannot rest until it comes

Until the killing of Black men, Black mothers' sons is as important as the killing of white men, white mothers' sons

We who believe in Freedom cannot rest
We who believe in Freedom cannot rest until it comes

That which touches me most is that I've had the chance to work with people
Passing on to others that which has been passed onto me
To me young people come first, they have the courage where we failed
If I can just shed some light on as they carry us through the gail
The older I get the better I know that the secret of my going on
Is when the reigns are in the hands of the young as they carry us through the storm
I'm not needing to clock that power
I'm not needing that light to shine on me
I want to be one in a number as we rise above tyranny

We who believe in Freedom cannot rest
We who believe in Freedom cannot rest until it comes

I am a woman who speaks in a voice and I must be heard
At times I can be quite difficult
I will bow to no man's word

We who believe in Freedom cannot rest
We who believe in Freedom cannot rest until it comes