ADD: Lift Ev'ry Voice (Lift Every Voice and Sing)
Subject: Lift Ev'ry Voice|
From: Anne Lee
Date: 02 Feb 99 - 08:37 PM
Trying to find the music to a poem written in 1900 in honor of Lincoln's birthday.
Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing Written by James Weldon Johnson Music by J. Roasmond Johnson
Is said to have been the national anthem from African-Americas.
Lift ev'ry voice and sing, Till earth and heavan ring, Ring with the harmoniesof Liberty, Let our rejoicing rise High as the list'ning skies, Let it resound loud as the rolling sea. Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past hast taught us Sing a song full of hope that the present has brought us Facing the rising sun of our new day begun, Let us march on till victory is won.
1st of 4 verses.
My students are memorizing poem for this month, would really like the notes.
Odean Pope Sax. choir has a song with same title. Maybe someone knows where I can find someone else who performs song.
Subject: ADD: Lift Every Voice and Sing (Johnson)|
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 Feb 99 - 09:38 PM
Hi, Anne Lee - you'll find the song, with MIDI, at The Cyber Hymnal (click here). I think it was one of the most inspiring songs used by the U.S. civil rights movement in the 1960's.
LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING
Words: James W. Johnson, 1899
Music: John R. Johnson
Lift every voice and sing, till earth and Heaven ring,
Stony the road we trod, bitter the chastening rod,
God of our weary years, God of our silent tears,
Subject: RE: Lift Ev'ry Voice|
From: Brad Sondahl
Date: 03 Feb 99 - 09:29 AM
The sheet music is in the ELCA Lutheran Hymnal... Brad http://www.camasnet.com/~asondahl
Subject: RE: Lift Ev'ry Voice (Lift Every Voice and Sing)|
Date: 05 Feb 19 - 06:34 PM
A timely song as Abe Lincoln's birthday approaches (12 Feb. I hadn't realised that this song is seen as an African American National Anthem to replace the Star Spangled Banner. See Denise Oliver Velez' article at https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/2/3/1830202/-Lift-Every-Voice-and-Sing-for-Black-History
The article includes a lot of video links giving various treatments of the song.
"James Weldon Johnson was one of the key figures in the history of civil rights struggles in the U.S., and was a leader of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which adopted Lift Every Voice as the 'Negro National Anthem' in 1919."