A Sunday Song from Sharon (Lift Every Voice)
Hey there Sunday Song Fam and Friends,
Welcome to Black History Month, a time in which we celebrate a very rich history. I have a very special song for you today in honor of this time of remembrance and reflection. It is our Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing.
Most of us know the song, but few probably know its history. It originated as a poem, first recited in the year 1900 by 500 schoolchildren as a tribute to President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. It was written by James Weldon Johnson and was later set to music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson. In 1919, the NAACP adopted it as the Negro National Anthem. The song experienced a surge and rejuvenation during the Civil Rights Movement. Despite some controversy over being called a “national anthem,” the song is not intended to be separatist but rather a strong statement of heritage and history to celebrate and unite all communities.
Today’s rendition is a modern, soulful arrangement sung by the students of Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School. The song is led by several young and talented soloists and is backed up by an amazing choir.
As you enjoy their presentation, embrace the meaningful and heartfelt words and carry them with you throughout this Black History Month and every day of your life.
TODAY’S SUNDAY SONG, Lift Every Voice and Sing, Sung by the students of Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School
I will lift my voice to sing Your praise, O my Strength—for You came to my defense. O God, You have shown me Your loving mercy.