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

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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.

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“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