Lift Every Voice and Sing

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John Rosamund Johnson

John Rosamund Johnson (arr. Taylor)

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This work may also be found under the modified title Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing

General Info

Year: 1900
Duration: c. 2:00
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Edward B. Marks
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00


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Program Notes

Lift Every Voice and Sing (1900) was first written as a poem. Created by James Weldon Johnson, it was performed for the first time by 500 school children in celebration of President Lincoln’s birthday on February 12, 1900, in Jacksonville, Florida. Johnson’s brother, John Rosamond Johnson, set the poem to music. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) quickly adopted it as its official song. Today Lift Every Voice and Sing is one of the most cherished songs of the African American Civil Rights Movement and is often referred to as the Black National Anthem.

- Program Note from University of North Texas Wind Ensemble Concert Program, 22 February 2018


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State Ratings

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  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (Danielle Gaudry, conductor) - 19 June 2022
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Ensemble (Nicholas E. Williams, conductor; Cassandra Berry, solo) – 22 February 2018

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