Join GIA Editor for Congregational Song Adam M. L. Tice as he speaks with W. Michael Fortson about his text “Let Freedom Ring!” This text, paired with the tune AMERICA, is a timely and compelling option for Independence Day and other national holidays and observances. 

For specific resources referenced in this video, please see the links below. Visit GIA’s Unbound project for more hymns, texts, and resources. 

Let Freedom Ring!

text: W. Michael Fortson; tune: AMERICA

This text was written to the tune AMERICA in January 2018 for a worship service during the weekend nearest to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Written as a prayer for freedom, the text echoes the words in a sermon by Dr. King calling for freedom to ring until, among other things, people of every race and nation become united in heart, mind, and soul.