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The Prez Sings – “Lift Every Voice”

Our “Post Racial President” even knows the the first stanza!

(Keep your day job, Mr. President!)

OK, Old Timers – a flashback! Kim Weston at Wattstax, August 20, 1972 –

Now – when I was a little tike in segregated Virginia elementary school – we sang this each morning, instead of the “National Anthem” – and then did the Pledge of Allegiance.

James Weldon Johnson

Lift every voice and sing,
‘Til 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 ’til victory is won. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by on February 11, 2010 in Black History


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