House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn has proposed making the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” known as the “Black national anthem” the national hymm that is played alongside the “Star Spangled Banner.”
Clyburn plans to introduce a measure this week to make it official.
“To make it a national hymn,” Clyburn explained “I think, would be an act of bringing the country together. It would say to people, ‘You aren’t singing a separate national anthem, you are singing the country’s national hymn.”
He added “the gesture itself would be an act of healing. Everybody can identify with that song.”
Last year the NFL chose to play the song every Week 1 game before the national anthem.
Here is a video of the song from February of 2019:
Appearing on CNN last July, Sports columnist LZ Granderson called the move “pandering 101.”
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) July 3, 2020
Former NFL player Burgess Owens was also not a fan of the move, tweeting “There is no “black national anthem”. Why does it feel like the country is trying to segregate again sometimes?”
There is no "black national anthem". Why does it feel like the country is trying to segregate again sometimes?
— Burgess Owens (@BurgessOwens) July 3, 2020