‘Black National Anthem’ To Be Sung at Capitol Fourth Event – Reclaiming America

‘Black National Anthem’ To Be Sung at Capitol Fourth Event

Across the country, many Americans are debating whether the singing of the “Black National Anthem” is appropriate for a 4th of July celebration. What do you think?


American actress and vocalist Vanessa Williams will be performing the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” widely known as the Black National Anthem, while hosting PBS’s 41st annual “A Capitol Fourth” celebration, airing Sunday,” according to The Hill.

Williams in an interview with The Associated Press published Friday said that she will be singing the anthem as a way to promote Juneteenth during the show, which was prerecorded because of the pandemic but will have a live fireworks presentation. [emphasis added]

“‘It’s in celebration of the wonderful opportunity that we now have to celebrate Juneteenth. So we are reflective of the times,’ she said just weeks after President Biden signed into law an act designating June 19 as an official federal holiday… [emphasis added]

Williams told the AP this week that she hopes the hymn will bring a sense of celebration following her performance at last year’s Independence Day show, where she sang “Not While I’m Around” from the Stephen Sondheim musical “Sweeney Todd” to express what she was feeling as the mother of a Black son in the weeks following the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd.”

For more of this report, go to The Hill.

Please share your reaction to this report by emailing [email protected]. In your opinion, is it appropriate to sing the “Black National Anthem” at an Independence Day celebration? Why or why not?