Busy Kids Love Music
Busy Kids Love Music
Episode 72: Lift Every Voice and Sing


In Episode #72 of Busy Kids Love Music, we embark on a poignant journey to explore the profound impact of a song that transcends time and resonates with the heart and soul of generations. As we delve into the powerful narrative of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” often referred to as “The Black National Anthem,” we witness the transformative power of music to inspire, comfort, and build a collective identity.

1. **African American Music Appreciation Month:**
June in the United States is dedicated to African American Music Appreciation Month, a time to honor the invaluable contributions of African American musical influences to our nation’s rich cultural heritage. In this spirit of celebration, Episode #72 shines a spotlight on a song that holds a special place in the hearts of Black families across generations.

2. **The Origin of “Lift Every Voice and Sing”:**
The roots of this powerful anthem trace back to 1900 when James Weldon Johnson, the principal of a segregated school in Jacksonville, Florida, penned a poem in celebration of President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. James’s brother, John Rosamond Johnson, a music teacher at the school, composed the stirring music that accompanied the lyrics. The hymn made its debut when a choir of 500 school children sang it during the celebration of Lincoln’s birthday—a moment that marked the birth of a timeless anthem.

3. **The Impact and Legacy:**
“Lift Every Voice and Sing” has emerged as a beacon of resilience, offering inspiration and comfort to countless individuals. The song’s profound impact goes beyond its musical brilliance; it serves as a testament to the enduring spirit of a community navigating the complexities of history with grace and strength.

As we listen to the episode, we’ll immerse ourselves in the history, significance, and emotional resonance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Whether you’re a young music enthusiast or a seasoned aficionado, Busy Kids Love Music ensures that the exploration of diverse musical traditions is accessible, engaging, and enjoyable for the whole family.

Tune in and let the harmonies of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” echo through time, reminding us of the unyielding power of music to unite, uplift, and inspire. Happy listening!

Links Mentioned in this Episode

Busy Kids Do Music History

Children’s Book Recommendation

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Kirk Franklin – Lift Every Voice and Sing

The Roxbury Latin Glee Club: Lift Every Voice and Sing

Lift Every Voice and Sing | Piano Instrumental

Lift Every Voice and Sing with Lyrics

“Lift Every Voice and Sing”

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 72

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with the music discussed in today’s episode along with some other arrangements of the pieces you’ve heard. Click here to listen to it.

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