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Black History Month 2021

Until victory is won

In recognition of Black History Month 2021

Sandra J. Evers-Manly, President and Founder | Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center

As I examine Black History Month 2020, and what can be achieved in the shortest month of the year, I am reminded of a special song that inspires generations from the late 1990s. The poem “Lift Evers and End Sing” was first written by James Weldon Jason, principal of Stanton School in Jacksonville, Florida. It was later 1901. In her brother J. Rosemond Johnson was a musician who trained musicians at the New England Conservatory of Music. These influential and talented brothers worked together all their lives, both in the show business and as important players in the civil rights movement. He believes that “artistic and cultural excellence is critical to Black Advancement in America.” I believe we have all seen many examples of this cultural excellence and also from the past.

As we are reminded of this month (and should be all year) another example of the artistic and cultural excellence of black and progress was the influence of the invincible soprano Matilda Ciceratta Joyner Jones, then known as the “Black Strip”. From 1818-19151, Miss Jones was the highest-earning African-American artist of her time. Miss Jones presented to the White House various presidents such as: Benjamin Harrison, Grover Cleveland, William McNally, and Theodore Roosevelt – as well as for the British royal family. Notice, for his three White House performances, Jones had to enter the building behind him. For his performance for President Roosevelt, he was finally allowed to enter through the door. Miss Jones employs more than 400 black entertainers in her “Black Strip Troubles” for more than two decades.

When James wrote the song,Take all the voices and sing“It was a prayer of thanksgiving for faith and freedom. For the promise of better days ahead, unity and a cooperative purpose while carefully and purposefully noting a person’s test. Although the poem represents only half of the power of the song.

Take every voice and sing, until the bell of heaven and earth,

The bells with harmonies Freedom

Let our joy be as high as the heavens,

Sing it out as loud as the ocean.

Brother J. By the time Rosmond added the music, the song was not complete. As historians have discovered, you see; The melodies match the text. “Raise every voice” always go up when you sing it, raise you up. The passages in between that speak to our trials and the dark past are the sad and small, mournful keys but arrive at a provocative key to declare a positive statement of it. Hope.

Sing the full song of faith that the dark ghost has taught us,

Sing the whole song Hope That the present has brought us;

Facing the rising sun of our new day,

Let’s march until we win.

By the time this song was written, the reconstruction had largely failed. Where there were achievements by some blacks, but Hope And one person’s progress was at rest with black professionals, teachers, and businessmen, such as the Johnson Brothers and Miss Joner Jones. Their rise is a source of pride and inspiration to all black communities. Presented in a room set aside by 50,000 children to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday in 1905, the song has become a symbol of a musical icon that people still imagine as a history. Impending inspiration, faith-filled philosophy, and a solution Hope. The brothers at the time did not know how the song would impress the minds and hearts of the school children performing that day.

“Soon my brother and I moved to New York from Jacksonville, and the song faded from our minds. But schoolchildren in Jacksonville were singing it; They went to another school and sang it; They became teachers and taught other children. Within twenty years it was being sung in the South and some other parts of the country … The lines of this song made me happy, almost to the point of great pain, when I hear them sung by Negro children. -James Weldon Jason.

When the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which is recognized as the “National Black Anthem” and their “official” song, reviewed this song in 1 review 1, I was amazed at how relevant the songs are to this day. The second term applies perfectly to economic uncertainty, civil unrest, police brutality, the rise of white supremacy, the threat of voter repression, and our current health inequality in COVID-1 and the epidemic, urging you to “raise your hand” and holler! “And … yes, we’re tired, we’re tired. We’re in the same place before, as the song says …

The stone road we are trading
Kastiv Custarding Rod
It was felt in those days Hope The unborn had died
Still with a steady rhythm
We don’t have tired legs
Where did our ancestors come from?

However, as we stand for future generations today, we stand on the shoulders of those who have brought us and this time – better than the past, but for miles. Our heroes and heroines like Fanny Lou Hammer, Medgar Evers, Ella Baker, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Daisy Bates, Byrd Rustin, CT Vivian and others brought us the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Which divided schools, theaters. , Housing, offices and more and leads us to the Voting Rights Act of 1665 of65.

Those brave, sensible and steadfast men and women who were committed to fighting for basic human rights for all under the Constitution. And for our God-given human dignity which was done with the utmost amount of sacrifice, beating, beating, hosting both young and old; Fight calmly with sit-in, march, législation, unity, alliance building and more. Through words, music, serving the poor and Hope. Like our forefathers, we cannot be tired. We must not and will not forget the horrific and unjust killings of Brenona Taylor, George Flood and many others who died as a result of police brutality. We must continue to affirm “Black Live Matter” when we take our voice with conviction – as before – to renew us again and again. Hope And every time we sing that hymn to victory Hope.

We have come in a way that has been watered down by tears
We are walking through the blood of the slain
Out of the sad past
So far, we are at the bottom
Where the white glow of a bright star is costly.

In the end, where will we be without faith? Hope I believe a great faith is born. Faith in God, faith in your male / female / child and faith in yourself. In the most heartfelt and revered acknowledgment of the glorious history of our incredible men and women, known and unknown, I urge all of us to stop honoring Black History Month. In your usual way, give thanks for the words that came before. Which paved the way for a better future for black Americans and, in doing so, made the whole of America better.

God of our weary year,

God of our silent tears,

You have led us so far.

Who you are by your power,

Take us to the light,

Keep us on track forever, we pray.

On January 1, 2021, House Majority Whip Congressman James Cliburn introduced the proposal to the highest-ranking black American in Congress. Mr. Cliburn proposed that “Take Every Voice and Sing” be given a special place as the “National Anthem” along with the official American anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner”. Cliburn believes it will help unite the country in light of its long history of ethnic turmoil. “It told the people, ‘You are not singing the national anthem, you are singing the national anthem. Gesture itself is an act of healing. Everyone can identify with the song. “ – Congressman Cliburn

O God, where we meet you, we will leave our feet.

It may be that our hearts, intoxicated with the wine of the world, have forgotten you;

Shadow under your hand,

Let us stand forever

Truth in our God,

Our homeland is true.

Today, “Take all the voices and sing“It’s just a song, a hymn,” NAACP’s official song, “The National Black Anthem.” It is still a hymn filled with the musical cultural architecture of black classical and jazz music. Black with a deep history of pride, and a provocative cry for upliftment and empowerment. It is firmly embedded in African American culture. Pop artists from Beyonc एल to Alicia Keys have performed at this high profile concert that introduces the song to a new generation and culture worldwide. For those fighting for equality and justice, the song has gained global appeal due to its musical and inspiring releases with a promise of unity, promise and proclamation.

I am proud to confirm my faith Hope, And to continue “Raise My Voice” to declare the excellence and impact of African American culture and the personality of the American story to commit to my story. To declare that Black History is World History, 36 of5 days of sharing, teaching, and honoring days.

As we reflect on the past, we can remember those who have paved the way for us. A way that has watered many with tears, nourished by blood, made by invention, a way decorated with artistic decorations, a way governed by rule and business, a way powered by raw energy, equipped with theater, TV and film and with fuel. Hope. Both of those who are providing aspirations and inspiration, encourage us to rise up and move forward Hope In our hearts. To face today’s challenges while paving the way for future generations.

Please, go out and set the path for light and love. Deepen the waters of justice and flow equality until all women, men and children see justice and freedom for all.

Until victory is won!

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