I was taught this song in grade school, School # 28, in Paterson, New Jersey. I never forgot it because somehow I knew the importance of it, for myself, and for my history. I took a nap, which should have been actual sleep, but wasnt, and woke up to thing song being on my heart.
The song itself has three parts, however, I was only taught one so that is the one I will list. I will also list excerpts in a short bio format of who wrote it and the reference links to find it all, because in no way do I want to take credit for the song or the bio in its entirety.
“Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”
“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.”
James Weldon Johnson
“Born in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1871, James Weldon Johnson’s life was defined by a number of firsts. Educated at Atlanta University, he was the first African American to pass the bar in Florida during his tenure as principal of Stanton Elementary School, his alma mater.”
“ Johnson distinguished himself in civil rights, diplomacy, education, journalism, law, literature, and music. His many impressive achievements notwithstanding, his place in African American history and culture would be secure if he had composed only in 1900 with J. Rosamond Johnson “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” a hymn officially adopted by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and widely sung by African Americans as the Negro National Anthem.”
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