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Singer Won’t Apologize For Singing Black National Anthem

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How do you know when you’re doing something wrong? You keep it to yourself and you don’t tell anybody because you know it’s better to ask forgiveness than to ask permission.

How would you like to stand during a city council meeting, turn towards our flag, put your hand over your heart, and prepare to sing our country’s national anthem, and you hear this being sung instead?


Also known as “The Black National Anthem”

by James Weldon Johnson

Lift ev’ry 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.

Stony the road we trod,

Bitter the chast’ning 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.

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.

At the start of the event Tuesday morning,[Denver] City Council President Michael Hancock introduced singer Rene Marie to perform the national anthem.

Instead, she performed the song “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” which is also known as the “black national anthem.”

When she finished, the audience responded with mild applause. The national anthem was never performed.

Rene Marie isn’t asking for forgiveness, nor does she care if you care or not that she didn’t sing “our country’s” national anthem, she wants to force her personal racist song on the public.

Is this what passes for bringing people together and moving on? Is this what is meant by change?


Written by smalltalkwitht

July 2, 2008 at 7:44 pm

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  1. I question if the singer actually sang the Black National Anthem. I’ve accompanied singers on this song many times so I’m familiar with the music. She did not sing the tune to the Black National Anthem–she tried to fit the words to that song to the music of The Star-Spangled Banner. It was an insult to those present and it was a musical disaster on all counts.


    July 5, 2008 at 2:37 am

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