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  • July 3, 2021

Vanessa Williams to sing ‘Black National Anthem’ at Fourth Capitol Celebration

Vanessa Williams performs in Atlantic City, NJ, September 2015. (Mark Makela / Reuters)

American actress and singer Vanessa Williams will perform the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, which has become known as the “black national anthem”, at the annual A fourth capitol televised celebration.

Williams told the Associated Press that she will be honoring both the nation’s independence day and the 19th, which recognizes the anniversary of the liberation of the last slaves in the United States, at the fair.

“It is to celebrate the wonderful opportunity we now have to celebrate June 16. So we are a reflection of the times, ”he said.

President Biden recently signed a law designating June 19th as a federal holiday. A long day seen primarily in the African American community and regionally in the South, June 16th was elevated to the national level to commemorate the eradication of slavery.

Biden’s action has received partisan criticism from some Republicans who claim that its purpose is to justify the denunciation of the United States and to resurrect the stains of its past. Former President Trump too promised set June 16 as a federal holiday in 2020.

According to the NAACP, the poem “Raise Every Voice and Sing” was written by organization leader James Weldon Johnson in 1900 and was later arranged into music and a melody by his brother, John Rosamond Johnson.

In a statement on the website, NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson noted that the song “speaks to the journey history of African Americans and many Africans in the diaspora. [who] he struggled to reach a place of hope. “

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the presentation will not be broadcast live in front of the White House and will instead feature some remote and pre-recorded presentations from various locations in the United States.

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