Nothing like spotlighting the great work of one’s alma mater!! And on yesterday (March 7th, 2021) at the 2021 NBA All-Star Basketball Game in Atlanta, GA, my alma mater, the Clark Atlanta University Philharmonic Society (arranged by Dr. Roland Carter and directed by Dr. Curtis Powell) had the honor of singing James Weldon Johnson’s (Atlanta University C/O 1894) “Lift Every Voice and Sing”!!
This video is set at Harkness Hall on Clark Atlanta University’s historic campus. Commonly known as the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was originally penned by Atlanta University alumnus James Weldon Johnson AU’1894 and set to music by his brother J. Rosamond Johnson. It was first performed as a song in 1900 for President’s Day, and later the NAACP adopted it as the Black National Anthem in 1930.
See the amazing performance below:
Oooo sweet Jesus, I still got chills, even watching it a second time!!
Go Panthers!! Proud CAU Alum (C/O 2003)!! Nothing like the HBCU experience!!