Have you studied the history of "This Little Light of Mine"? I've seen it cited in a hymnal as a Negro spiritual. Wikipedia and other online sources say it was written in the 1920s by white Christian hymn writer Harry Dixon Loes (1892-1965), and that civil rights activists adapted it. I remember adding verses to fit local situations.
Yes, "This Little Light of Mine" was written by Harry Dixon Loes in the early 1920s. It was soon adopted by African American churches, and was universally sung by children in Sunday School. So, although it was written by a white man, it quickly became an integral part of the black church musical culture.
Updated on April 11, 2018
By Ronald E Franklin