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How does this NOT make indy?

Two days ago an African-American singer belted out "Lift Every Voice and Sing", known as the "Black National Anthem". What makes this news its that it was part of Denver's State of the City ceremony, and she was supposed to be singing the "Star Spangled Banner". Since then the airwaves have pulsed with punditry but here, silence. Why might this be?
Two days ago an African-American singer belted out "Lift Every Voice and Sing", known as the "Black National Anthem". What makes this news its that it was part of Denver's State of the City ceremony, and she was supposed to be singing the "Star Spangled Banner". Since then the airwaves have pulsed with punditry but here, silence. Why might this be?

I do not seek to interpret this silence. I am posing a question for you all. How significant is this event?

It is interesting to note that the talking heads are all going after Obama to throw the singer under a bus...

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTpQpRHYKpw&feature=related

if they say why, why 06.Jul.2008 14:56

tell them that it's human nature

(1) It didn't "make indy" because you hadn't posted it yet. Then you did, and now it's here. It's not somebody else's job to post it for you.

(2) This is not primarily a forum for "punditry." Thanks for reporting the facts and then shutting up.

(3) Try again with a more relevant headline. Headlines that say "you all suck for not posting this yet" just advertise the author's own confusion.

Oh yeah, and

(4) we're not especially concerned about the Barack and Johnny show around here. Find another angle.

"Lift every voice" 06.Jul.2008 14:58

Lhasaluck

I'm glad and proud to know there is a Black National Anthem. Thanks for posting this.

you are right about the title 06.Jul.2008 19:00

jac

it was not very descriptive either. Thx

So, the question remains: IS this an important event? Certainly it plays well in the "Barak and Johnny show" but so does anything else in the sphere of political speech that can be turned to hand. I think it's going to be a dreary lot of "ok you heard what he said! If you dont want people to think you agree you have to throw him under the bus cause you went to grade school with him in different classes in the same school five years apart" before it's over.

But really, is that all? Does this woman's act of bravery-or effrontery?-mean anything to the future? To the current state of Race relations? Or is it a null?

lift every voice and sing until earth and heaven ring 06.Jul.2008 19:11

to anacreon in heaven where he sat in full glee

The singer's name is Rene Marie.

She sang the WORDS to "lift every voice" to the TUNE of "the anacreontic song," written by John Stafford Smith in London over 200 years ago, better known as the music to which Francis Scott Key's "defence of fort mchenry" was later attached to create the "star spangled banner."

"Lift every voice" is generally sung to its own music.