Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing

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In the year 2000-we celebrate the 100th anniversary of "Lift Every Voice and Sing. "James Weldon Johnson* wrote the song in 1900 on the occasion of Lincoln's birthday. The song became immensely popular in the African American community and became known as the "Negro NationalAnthem."

Lift Ev'ry Voice and Siong

James Weldon and J. Rosamund Johnson

Lift evry 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, fill 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? …