Inaugural Celebration of The Black National Anthem
120 Years Of Celebrating Our Voices
The I’m A Star Foundation, the Jacksonville Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Duval County Public Schools, the Ritz Theatre and Museum and other organizations, proudly unite to present a celebration honoring the 120th anniversary of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” by Jacksonville’s very own James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson.
“Honoring the 120th anniversary of ‘Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing’ will highlight the major contributions the Johnson brothers had locally and nationwide. My hope is that we express our appreciation to them while educating a new generation on the impact and meaning of this great song” former State Senator and Co-Chair Tony Hill.
“I’m proud to celebrate ‘Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing’ on its 120th anniversary by James Weldon Johnson who publicly performed the song with 500 school children at the Stanton School while he served as principal. This song means a lot, there isn’t a lot of songs that last 120 years that has had a national impact and inspired countless generations” former School Board Member and Co-Chair Dr. Constance Hall.