It’s February, and that means we are celebrating Black History month! Keep an eye on the DJ Kenny6 blog to get the scoop on historical moments from black leaders across the world. The celebration began as Black History Week and later became a month long observance. Black History month is now celebrated every year throughout the US, Canada, and United Kingdom.
Did you know that there was a Black National Anthem? The anthem is “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, and it was first created as a poem by James Weldon Johnson. He was a Principal and wrote the poem for students to perform at their school. His brother John Rosamond Johnson put music to the words and on February 12, 1900, five hundred students sang the song during the school’s celebration of President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.
You can listen to Aretha Franklin’s rendition of “Lift Every Voice and sing” in the video clip below. Be sure to tune in to the DJ Kenny6 show on Friday at 5:30pm for uplifting grooves on KZKO Radio Online.
Lift ev’ry voice and sing,
Till 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 till 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,
Till 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 hast brought us thus far on the way;
Thou who hast 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;