Every Voice Continues to March for Freedom, Equity, and Justice.

June 19, 2020

Because music soothes the soul, I decided to use Google's Doodle to acknowledge the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth with a historical account through song.  It was illustrated by Loveis Wise and is narrated by actor and activist LeVar Burton.


"Lift Every Voice and Sing – often called 'The Black National Anthem' – was written as a poem by NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) and then set to music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954) in 1899.  The Anthem is used in this video to help tell the story of the march toward freedom post slavery - known today as Juneteenth."  


"'Lift Every Voice and Sing' was written at a pivotal time, when Jim Crow was replacing slavery and African-Americans were searching for an identity. Author and activist James Weldon Johnson wrote the words as a poem, which his brother John then set to music."  -August 2018, author unknown


Lyrics: Lift Every Voice and Sing James Weldon Johnson, J. Rosamond Johnson


Lift ev'ry voice and sing 'Til 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 'til 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 'Til now we stand at last Where the white gleam of…


Source: Lyric Find





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