Lift Every Voice and Singby James Weldon Johnson, Jan Spivey Gilchrist
Written by civil rights leader and poet James Weldon Johnson in 1899, ³Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing² is sung in schools and churches throughout America. The popular, timeless song is recognized as a testimonial to the struggle and achievements of African-American people past, present, and future.
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James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) was a prolific writer and legendary civil rights activist who produced several novels, a pioneering work of cultural history, the first major anthology of black poetry, and numerous treatises on race relations. He served as U.S. consul to Venezuela and Nicaragua and as secretary of the NAACP.
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Bryan Collier provides a wonderful accompanying illustration of the powerful 1900 anthem by James Weldon Johnson. Presented in a manner that will be inspiring for young minds, they should be able to feel the "song full of hope" that was made manifest in the inauguration of President Obama in 2009. And, with that inspiration, may they remain true as they go forth on life's journey.