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 recent weeks. (July 3)
- (SINGING) Lift every voice a sing until earth and heaven ring, ring with the harmonies of liberty. Let our rejoicing rise.
REV. MARKEL HUTCHINS: I think in a lot of ways, where "The Star-Spangled" Banner" leaves off in terms of expressing the existence and the personhoods of African-Americans, "Lift Every Voice and Sing" picks right up and really tells a more accurate and complete story of the experiences of black people in America. My hope is that people who are not in the African-American community will embrace the lyrics and understand the deep place of sorrow and yet hope that the lyrics of this song represent for black people in America.
- (SINGING) Facing the rising sun of our new day begun, let us march on 'til victory is won.