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View Diary: Video: Dr. Joseph Lowery's Benediction (Update-- Transcript!) (227 comments)

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  •  His verse at the beginning is from... (13+ / 0-)

    Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing

    Here's a link

    It was the last song the black radio station (only one in my town)played when I was young. The station was a dawn-to dusk station, and when you heard it, you knew the station was going off the air for the night.

    Brought back memories, and created new

    Whatever the Repuglicans say, the truth is the opposite.

    by MariaWr on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 11:26:24 AM PST

    •  "the Negro National Anthem" (4+ / 0-)
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      Lefty Mama, Sagittarius, MariaWr, deePA

      Love that song -- though the tune is unfortunately as difficult to sing as the Star Spangled Banner.

      I wonder how many white people caught the reference -- for sure the older African-Americans did. I spoke with several left-leaning (white) friends afterward who had no clue.

    •  Lift Every Voice and Sing (1+ / 0-)
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      Thank you for pointing out this fact that bloggers here before you didn't seem to realize, that Rev. Lowery started his prayer with the powerful words of the unofficial national anthem of African-Americans.

      It's a beautiful hymn with powerful words and a gorgeous melody. Yes, it is a challenge to learn that melody, but like many other of the finer things of life, the difficulty makes it only more beautiful.

      It too wish it could have been played and sung somewhere during these very special days. It's a great anthem that we white folks could easily learn to love.

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