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Lift Every Voice and Sing

Lift Every Voice and Sing


by James Weldon Johnson

Lift Every Voice and Sing Resources


NAACP History

Learn more about the man behind the words on this website.

James Weldon Johnson, the Bio

Check out this biography with links to his work.

James Weldon Johnson, the Institute

That's right. There's a whole institute named after James Weldon Johnson at Emory University in Atlanta.


Hip-Hop Version of "Lift Every Voice and Sing"

"Lift Every Voice and Sing" done in rap—oh yeah.

Doc on Johnson

Here's a (very) short documentary about James Weldon Johnson.


"Lift Every Voice and Sing," Performed by Bebe Winans

Winans scores a slam-dunk with this rendition of "Lift Every Voice and Sing."

"Lift Every Voice and Sing," Performed by a Group Choir

Here's a collective rendition of Johnson's poem.


"The Harp"

Check out this sculpture by artist Augusta Savage, inspired by "Lift Every Voice and Sing."

James Weldon Johnson photograph

Here's our poet in his advanced years, looking dapper.

Articles and Interviews

"James Weldon Johnson's Life and Career"

This thorough article from the University of Illinois is about James Weldon Johnson's life and career.

"What is 'The Negro National Anthem?'"

This article from the History News Network discusses Johnson's poem.


Lift Every Voice and Sing: Selected Poems

It's not just a clever title. This collection of poetry includes Johnson's "Lift Every Voice and Sing"

Along This Way: The Autobiography of James Weldon Johnson

The bard tells us the story of his life in this autobiography.

Movies and TV

Do The Right Thing

"Lift Every Voice and Sing" was featured on the soundtrack of this famous Spike Lee joint.

Brewster McCloud

Here's another film that features "Lift Every Voice and Sing" in the soundtrack.

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