Princess Simpson Rashid

Most African American children of my generation were raised with Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing as an anthem to our community. We learned and recited it at school along with the Pledge of Allegiance. It is part of our lived experience. It’s lodged in our collective memory. The song embodies our history but also our hope and pride as an ethnic American minority. When the lyrics are juxtaposed with current events in this country, it is clear that the poem is still relevant and necessary. Our country is strengthened when empathy causes us all to stand up and lift our voices together for justice and the harmonies of liberty.

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LIFT: Princess Simpson Rashid