The Truth is Marching On (video)
The lyrics of the Battle Hymn of the Republic appear in Martin Luther King, Jr.s sermons and speeches, most notably in his speech How Long, Not Long from the steps of the Montgomery, Alabama Courthouse on March 25, 1965 after the 3rd Selma March, and in his final sermon Ive Been to the Mountaintop, delivered in Memphis, Tennessee on the evening of April 3, 1968, the night before his assassination. In fact, the latter sermon, Kings last public words, ends with the first lyrics of the Battle Hymn, Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.
In 1960 the Mormon Tabernacle Choir won the Grammy Award for their rendering of ‘the Battle Hymn of the Republic’ as the Best Performance by a Vocal Group or Chorus. The single record had reached #13 on Billboards Hot 100 the previous fall.