Part of the prayer is directly from Lift Every Voice and Sing, a song right out of the Episcopal Hymnal. The Rev. Dr. Lowery is a Civil Rights icon, considered the dean of the movement. He and Martin Luther King founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957.
He ended his prayer with a nice twist on the old school-yard chant - to the old schoolyard rhyme: If you're white, you're all right/If you're brown, stick around/If you're yellow, you're mellow/If you're black, get back.
Dr. Lowery prayed instead for the time when "Black will not be asked to get back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, and the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what's right."
And the people said, "Amen. Amen. Amen."