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May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem

Imani Perry


Singing and fighting for freedom have been inseparable in African American history. May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem, tells an essential yet understudied part of that story. Lift Every Voice and Sing, penned by James Weldon Johnson and composed by his brother Rosamond in 1900, was embraced as an anthem that captured the story and the aspirations of Black Americans almost immediately. This book shares the story of that song, as it traveled from South to North, from churches to schools, and from civil rights to Black power, and beyond. Because it is an anthem, the sto ... More

Keywords: African American Studies, Black Studies, African American Cultural History, African American Formal Music, Black internationalism, Black music and international politics, Black music and desegregation, African American Social Rituals, Black Formalism, African American Education and Schooling, Segregation and Southern History

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469638607
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469638607.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Imani Perry, author
Princeton University