Book cover of May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem by Imani Perryby Imani Perry

The twin acts of singing and fighting for freedom have been inseparable in African American history. May We Forever Stand tells an essential part of that story. With lyrics penned by James Weldon Johnson and music composed by his brother Rosamond, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was embraced almost immediately as an anthem that captured the story and the aspirations of black Americans. Since the song’s creation, it has been adopted by the NAACP and performed by countless artists in times of both crisis and celebration, cementing its place in African American life up through the present day.

Interview with the Author

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Imani Perry, “May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem” (UNC Press, 2018)
4/23/18         62 min

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