"Out of the huts of history's shame- I RISE! Up from a past that's rooted in pain- I RISE! I'm a black ocean, leaping & wide, Welling & swelling I bear in the tide. Leaving behind nights of terror & fear- I RISE! Into a daybreak that wondrously clear- I RISE! Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream & the hope of a slave- I RISE! I RISE! I RISE!"