Easter people, raise your voices

Easter people, raise your voices. William Marcus James* (1915-2013). Following in the tradition of many pastors who write hymns, James wrote ‘Easter people, raise your voices’ for his congregation at Metropolitan Community United Methodist Church in New York City in 1979. In 2005 James told the present writer ‘I wrote hymns for my congregation whenever I needed one. “Easter People” is not the greatest hymn I have, but it took better than the others. Most of my hymns have themes around the social gospel’ (Hawn, Phone Interview, 2005, n.p.).  Originally in five stanzas, the hymn first appeared in the African American United Methodist collection, Songs of Zion (Nashville, 1981) with three...

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