'Lift Every Voice and Sing' hymn ignites hope across nation

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The Black national anthem was born more than a century ago, but the popular hymn within the African American community called “Lift Every Voice and Sing” has resurrected a beacon of hope during nationwide protests.

In this June 19, 2020, photo, singers perform"Lift Every Voice and Sing," dubbed as the Black national anthem, in Lincoln, Neb., during a Juneteenth rally. Juneteenth is the holiday celebrating the day in 1865 that enslaved black people in Galveston, Texas, learned they had been freed from bondage, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

Sharpton said the ability of “ Lift Every Voice and Sing ” enduring several generations speaks volumes. Young has known the song's lyrics since kindergarten and even recited every word during a recent interview. He believes the, which was written by a slave owner who made a painful reference to slavery in its little-known third stanza.

Last month, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden released the “Lift Every Voice” plan, which is a reference to the song. The plan proposes to address issues in theRev. Markel Hutchins said Biden's reference to the song and hearing white Americans singing the lyrics has given him “hope and confidence, although we're in a dark place as a nation today.”

 

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The Black national anthem is anything by James Brown.

Spare me . Like Juneteenth nobody every heard about any of this a month ago. Covid has made everyone lose their minds, however it has clearly affected media outlets in a much more severe way

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