“Black national anthem” performed live or played before every game in Week 1 of the NFL season to honor Black Culture.
How “Black national anthem” added to NFL season
According to the source, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” will be played before “The Star-Spangled Banner.” This will begin with the nationally televised first game of the season, which is on September 10, when the defending Super Bowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs, host the Houston Texans.
The move, which comes four years after Colin Kaepernick began his on-the-field protest against police brutality, reflects the latest shift in the league’s ever-changing stance on the Black Lives Matter movement. After previously banning players from protesting during the National Anthem, and quietly settling collusion lawsuits brought on by Kaepernick and Eric Reid, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted last month that the league was wrong for permanently silencing players and ignoring issues of police brutality, racial injustice, and systematic oppression
There have been worldwide protests over police brutality and racial injustice following the death of George Floyd. The Black man died May 25 May after being seen on video with a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling on his neck for nearly eight minutes while Floyd was handcuffed and on the ground. Four officers have been charged.
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“We, the NFL, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the NFL, believe Black Lives Matter” Goodell said in a video statement.
The song also will be played during the full slate of those Week 1 Sunday afternoon games, during Sunday Night Football and the two ESPN Monday night games, the source says.
“Lift Every Voice and Sing” was first written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson, Johnson’s brother John Rosamond Johnson set the poem to music in 1899. It was first performed in 1900 by a choir at the segregated Stanton School in Jacksonville, Florida as part of a celebration of former President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.
The NFL season opens September 10 with the Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs. The league is also reportedly looking at other ways to remember victims of police brutality in the 2020 season including decals on helmets and jerseys.