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Sunday, January 02, 2011

African-American National Anthem.

Interesting. "Lift Every Voice and Sing" is, by the hand of Providence, the great African-American National Anthem. Kwanzaa is, of course, "wobbly": "Ivy Burch, left, and Stafford Berry, both of the Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble in Durham, hold up some wobbly Kwanzaa candles for safety during the anthem, 'Lift Every Voice and Sing.'" http://bit.ly/eGXKoY
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.

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, / 'Til 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. http://bit.ly/e14Ysx
White folks, doing the best they can: "'SBHS Jazz Choir singing the black National Anthem. We're all white' YouTube - Black National Anthem http://bit.ly/fp8BSB


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