Rod Niner, a good friend, recently sent me the link to a YouTube video, entitled “Just the Black Keys”. I heard this presentation nearly 12 years ago and I have never forgotten it. In this presentation on the history and background of the hymn “Amazing Grace,” Rev. Wintley Phipps makes a clear link between the origin of the lyrics and the tune that rose up out of sufferring of the slaves of the Middle Passage from Africa to North America.

The message of this video for me is that the history and destiny of whites and blacks in this nation are more inextricably linked than we ever imagined.