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Lift Every Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson

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.

Written by James Weldon Johnson in 1900 to celebrate Abraham Lincolns birthday, Lift Every Voice and Sing has become an anthem for African Americans in the struggle for equality.

Bryan Colliers vibrant, stunning artwork offers an inspirational and rousing interpretation of this powerful song that continues to influence and shape new generations of children today.
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Lift Every Voice and Sing – often called “The Black National Anthem” – was written as a poem by NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson () and then.
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Lift Every Voice and Sing

Scroll for more about Johnson below. 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? 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. In he was the first African American to be chosen as executive secretary of the organization, effectively the operating officer. He served in that position from to

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. Few hymns have the capacity to define the identity of an entire group. James Weldon Johnson received degrees in literature from Atlanta University in , with a master of arts in He had a versatile career as a writer, teacher, diplomat and lawyer, becoming the first African-American to pass the bar in the state of Florida. His diplomatic posts took him in to Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, and in , to Corinto, Nicaragua, where he served as the American consul. Johnson had been asked to speak by the principal of a school in Jacksonville, Fla. Rather than make a speech, he decided to write a poem.

Lift every voice and sing, Till 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 till victory is won.
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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. 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, Till 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.

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  1. "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" – often referred to as the Black national anthem – is a song written as 1 (1). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 February

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