According to reports, the NFL is planning to play the Black national anthem, “Lift every voice and sing,” at the start of this year’s inaugural NFL games. The American national anthem will be sung following this song. READ: NFL will play black national anthem prior to Week 1 games, report says
I had never heard of the Black national anthem before and some commenting on the song think it may be better suited for a church service. That is because the man who wrote it, James Weldon Johnson, was apparently a Christian.
So, some are now wondering if the radical left wing extremists, that are driving the recent protests, would today actually approve of this song written over 110 years ago.
WND provides a bit of history on the writer:
The interesting thing about “Lift Every Voice and Sing” is the apparent pro-Jesus sentiment of the writer of that anthem. I surely doubt that James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938), the writer of “Lift Every Voice,” would have anything to do with such anti-Christian bigotry as tearing down statues of Jesus. […]
Johnson was a great American poet and a racial ground-breaker. He was the first black to pass the Florida Bar exam. He was the editor of New York Age.
“Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which was set to music by Johnson’s brother, became the unofficial black anthem in the 1940s. He was also foreign consul to Venezuela and later Nicaragua. He served as a professor at Fisk University.
But Johnson is perhaps best-known for some of his poetry, including the book “God’s Trombones” (1927). This book was called “dialect sermons in verse,” and it became popularized in school recitations.
The poems from “God’s Trombones” included one based on God’s creation of heaven and earth recorded in Genesis and another poem was a funeral sermon for Sister Caroline that included these words:
“And there he laid Sister Caroline / On the loving breast of Jesus.”
“And Jesus took his own hand and wiped away her tears, / And he smoothed the furrows from her face, / And the angels sang a little song, / And Jesus rocked her in his arms, / And kept a-saying: Take your rest, / Take your rest.”
I enjoyed listening to the song, and if you want to see more of the Christian lyrics that Johnson wrote: READ: Wait’ll they realize the black anthem was penned by a Christian
Here are the words to “Lift every voice and sing“:
Lift ev’ry voice and sing,
‘Til 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 ’til victory is won.
Stony the road we trod,
Bitter the chastening 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.