Lift Ever Voice and Sing (James Weldon Johnson)

"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."

"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."

U.S.A. / 1899

The little-known third verse from the Black American National Anthem contains these beautiful lines. I thought I'd feature it in the wake of this whole #colinkaepernick scandal/white panic. The song was originally a poem, and was finally set to music in 1905. In 1919, the NAACP declared it to be our own national anthem. Wish I could say I knew the lyrics to this tune more so than the other. Love this whole poem. It really tells a tale of our struggles and triumphs. *insert black american flag* Remember: we were never meant to survive. I don't know much about Johnson, so I'm gonna post some more stuff from him in these next few days.

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