Professor Timothy Askew has a problem with the black national anthem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing." He says that he loves the song, but the label of "black national anthem" creates "a lot of confusion and tension." For whom? He goes on to say that the label makes it separatist and divisive. Again, for whom? It's a song derived from a poem written by James Weldon Johnson in 1900. The NAACP adopted the song as "The Negro National Anthem" in 1920. We wonder why. We're sure there was no reason for black folks to need a song uplifting them during the early 1900s … oh, that's right: segregation and being banned from even singing "The Star Spangled Banner" in some places. Sounds like he needs to do a little more research.
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