(7-2-20) The NFL will be playing the Black National Anthem before playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Week 1 games. The league is considering putting the names of victims of police brutality on player uniforms.


What do you think?

Do you agree with the decision to play this anthem? Should players kneel during this anthem as well? Will players stand for the National anthem? Do you support the NFL in this issue? Did you know about the Black National Anthem? Is this helping to eliminate racism? Should this song be sung before every athletic event?

About the song….

Introduced in 1900 as a poem by African-American educator and activist James Weldon Johnson to mark Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, and later set to music by John Rosamond Johnson, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was adopted by the NAACP as a song of faith and freedom. The music that has been called the “black national anthem.”



Lift Every Voice and Sing
Song by J. Rosamond Johnson and James Weldon Johnson

Lift ev’ry voice and sing
‘Til earth and heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the list’ning 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 ’til 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
‘Til 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