July 5, 2020

Finding Comfort
Rev. Hardy H. Kim

"The immediate popularity of ‘Lift Every Voice,’ and its longevity, attest to the encouragement and renewed faith it brought to a people who, as the old hymn puts it, ‘Been in the Storm So Long.’ There are, then, reasons grounded in respect and recognition to sing ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ with gratitude on this its hundredth anniversary. One would have hoped, though, that is spiritual enrichment as well as our status as outsiders suggested by its adoption as the ‘Negro National Anthem’ would by now be a matter for the archives of memory."
—Derrick Bell in Lift Every Voice and Sing: A Celebration of the Negro National Anthem