WATCH: New York City Council Sings ‘Black National Anthem’, “Lift Every Voice and Sing”


The New York City Council stood and sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” often referred to as the black national anthem. It is a powerful song. But what this all boils down to is: are we living up to our ideals as a country? If we aren’t, is there an appropriate way to raise the bar and respectfully protest?

Jumaane Williams, a council member from Brooklyn, and other members of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus led the song. It was a much discussed and potentially divisive wrinkle to the council agenda.

“Lift Every Voice” was written in 1899 as a poem. Dr. Joseph Lowery performed the song at President Obama’s inauguration. It was also performed recently at the opening ceremonies of the National Museum of African American History And Culture.

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SOURCE: Fox5 NY, Zachary Kiesch