In so many words, the group says, "Hey, Mr. Culverhouse! We're a private HBCU, which needs as much financial support as it can get. So, while the University of Alabama doesn't want your money, feel free to toss a little this way."
Marchers gathered at First African Baptist Church, with the intent to march to the courthouse. Instead, shortly after beginning to walk, the marchers were beaten and tear-gassed by law enforcement authorities. Thirty-three men, women and children were hospitalized and 94 people were arrested.
In addition to "Take My Hand, Precious Lord," Dorsey is credited with writing other notable songs such as "Peace in the Valley." Both of these were recorded by Mahalia Jackson before being brought to more secular audiences by Elvis Presley.