What in the world is this? The whole national anthem controversy has now taken a turn for the ridiculous.
Since there seems to be a huge issue with standing for our country’s national anthem for colored athletes these days. As part of “Black History Month” during the month of February, a handful of NBA basketball teams decided to play an anthem, but it wasn’t the familiar “Star Spangled Banner.” Instead, they decided to play the “Negro national anthem” by African-American singers approved by the NAACP.
Lift Every Voice and Sing
By James Weldon Johnson
Lift every voice and sing
Till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the listening skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us,
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun
Let us march on till victory is won.
Stony the road we trod,
Bitter the chastening rod,
Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
Yet with a steady beat,
Have not our weary feet
Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?
We have come over a way that with tears has been watered,
We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,
Out from the gloomy past,
Till now we stand at last
Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.
God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
Thou who has brought us thus far on the way;
Thou who has by Thy might Led us into the light,
Keep us forever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee,
Lest, our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee;
Shadowed beneath Thy hand,
May we forever stand.
True to our God,
True to our native land.
The new anthem they played was called “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Which was originally a rallying call for black Americans after the Civil War. Although it was originally written to honor President Abraham Lincoln and the fact that he freed the slave. But it never really caught on.
James Weldon Johnson, who was a popular author, civil rights activist and educator at the time was the one who wrote the lyrics.
What is going on here? Why are African Americans all of a sudden getting their own “national anthem?” Is the lunacy of liberalism so deeply ingrained in our society that people actually think this is an ok thing? And doesn’t an anthem for just black America also alienate all other cultures who are a part of American society?
Wouldn’t it be a better idea if we all stop listening and idolizing people who can barely read and write while we make them multimillionaires as they spew their fake social justice agenda on us? These people get millions per year to just toss around a ball. What exactly qualifies them to be political activists who understand the struggle of the average African American person in America?
Maybe it’s time the African American community start taking a close look at themselves and start to understand they are being played by people like this in order to further divide and conquer. So people like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson can continue to get rich and the Democrat Party can continue to get elected.
Via Wikipedia: History
“Lift Every Voice and Sing” was publicly performed first as a poem as part of a celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on February 12, 1900, by 500 school children at the segregated Stanton School in Jacksonville, Florida. Its principal, James Weldon Johnson, wrote the words to introduce its honored guest Booker T. Washington. The poem was set to music in 1905 by Johnson’s brother John. In 1919, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) dubbed it “The Negro National Anthem” for its power in voicing the cry for liberation and affirmation for African-American people.
In 1939, Augusta Savage received a commission from the New York World’s Fair and created a 16-foot (5 m) plaster sculpture called Lift Every Voice and Sing which was destroyed by bulldozers at the close of the fair.
In Maya Angelou’s 1969 autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the song is sung by the audience and students at Maya’s eighth grade graduation, after a white school official dashes the educational aspirations of her class.
In 1990, singer Melba Moore released a modern rendition of the song, which she recorded along with others including R&B artists Stephanie Mills, Freddie Jackson, Anita Baker, Dionne Warwick, Bobby Brown, Stevie Wonder, Jeffrey Osborne, and Howard Hewett; and gospel artists BeBe & CeCe Winans, Take 6, and The Clark Sisters, after which, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” was entered into the Congressional Record by Del. Walter Fauntroy (D-DC).
In 2008, jazz singer Rene Marie was asked to perform the national anthem at a civic event in Denver, Colorado, where she caused a controversy by substituting the words of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” into the song. This arrangement of the words of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” with the melody of “The Star Spangled Banner” became part of the titular suite on her 2011 CD release, “The Voice of My Beautiful Country”.
On January 20, 2009, the Rev. Joseph Lowery, who was formerly president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, used a near-verbatim recitation of the song’s third stanza to begin his benediction at the inauguration ceremony for President Barack Obama.
On September 24, 2016, this song was sung by mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves and chorus at the conclusion of the opening ceremonies of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, at which Obama delivered the keynote address.
On October 19, 2017, when white nationalist leader Richard Spencer spoke at the University of Florida, the university’s carillon played “Lift Every Voice and Sing” to convey a message of unity.”
H/T Conservative Tribune,freedom-daily.com