We’ve come this far by faith

We’ve come this far by faith. Albert A. Goodson* (1933-2003). Written in 1956 for the Radio Choir of the Fellowship Baptist Church, Chicago, Illinois, where Goodson was music director. It was published by Manna Music Inc. in 1963, and included in the African American hymnbook, Lift Every Voice and Sing (1981). It has become very popular as a hymn of trust and hope, and of pride in what has been achieved. The phrase, ‘This far by faith’, has been used by African Americans to signify the struggle for justice, and Goodson’s song has become a part of that tradition. It has been used by many African American writers as part-title of their books: for example, Judith Weisenfeld and Richard...

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