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Watch: Civil Rights activist explains what ‘Come, Come Ye Saints’ symbolizes for the NAACP


Reverend Amos C. Brown is the pastor of the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, a civil rights activist, and chair of religious affairs for the NAACP. So why was this Baptist pastor drawn to a hymn of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? It's because he sees "Come, Come Ye Saints" as a symbol of hope and love. He understands it is a hymn about enduring trials while remaining true to your faith in God, a song that echoes the message of the Baptist hymn "Lift Every Voice and Sing."

Just as these two songs reflect a united, powerful message from two separate faiths, Reverend Brown notes the strength that can come in uniting together.

"It can be well in this nation when we lock arms, as I locked arms with President Nelson," Reverend Brown said. "Not as black and white. Not as Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or Baptist. But as children of God who are about loving everybody and bringing hope, happiness, and good health to all of God’s children."

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