Thursday, February 18, 2010

I have been moved to tears yet again this morning...

Check out this link for an awesome version of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," the song that is often referred to as "The Negro National Anthem." I love this song so much, and I have since I learned it in elementary school dozens of years ago.

The words are powerful. The images in this video are stirring. The story is far from finished.

The history of African Americans in this nation is powerful and stirring - and whether you agree with his politics or not, President Barack Obama is a huge part of what that song is about, what our history as people of African descent has pointed to, and I must admit that I am enormously proud to be a black woman in this country. Enormously proud.

The great news is that the story, our story, our history is far from over.

2 comments:

ragamuffin diva said...

I learned the song in school, too, and back then in my town they played Kim Weston's cover of it every day at noon on the black radio station. At school we sang it every time we assembled. Now that I'm good and grown, I realize what that song gave to me. It saddens me that my kids never went to a school that honored the African American experience with Lift Every Voice and Sing. I wanted them to go to multicultural schools, but never thought this important part of their culture would be ignored. Thank you for sharing this, my friend.

Lori said...

Well you guessed it, I never learned that song in school. Thanks for sharing it Gail.