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8 Facts About ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing,’ the Black National Anthem

8 Facts About ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing,’ the Black National Anthem

“Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the so-called Black national anthem, was written by 20th-century novelist/poet/songwriter James Weldon Johnson as a rallying cry for perseverance and social justice. “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was originally written as a poem. This was more than two years after the organization vowed to fine any team whose players did not stand during the national anthem. We, the National Football League, believe Black Lives Matter.” Additionally, a video of Alicia Keys’s rousing performance of the Black national anthem aired during the 2021 Super Bowl broadcast. President Joe Biden paid tribute to “Lift Every Voice and Sing” in his plan for rebuilding Black America.

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