Our friends over at BlogXilla asked a perfectly reasonable question recently: Why have no modern day musical celebrities covered Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing, the song written in 1900 by James Weldon Johnson that’s often known as the Negro National Anthem?
If you were an exec producer, who would you bring together for a project like this?
Meanwhile, Johnson was kinda like the Dr. Dre of his time.
He was a regular patron at the Manhattan Casino, where many of the basketball teams of the Black Fives Era played, along with his friend Madam C. J. Walker and other big names of the period.
One of Johnson’s books, Black Manhattan, is a really dope glimpse into that world.
Did you know that the James Weldon Johnson Papers are stored at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut? I was browsing his collection and found this beautiful photo, which proves to me that he really wouldn’t mind a sultry, soulful cover of his most famous composition. At all.
Mr. Johnson! This definitely lifts every voice! Knowhatimean?