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The lyrics to "Lift Every Voice and Sing," and James Weldon Johnson on how it came to be • Minnesota Reformer

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Sheryl Lee Ralph performs Lift Every Voice and Sing prior to Super Bowl LVII on February 12, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images.Reprinted from Poetry Foundation.  A group of young men in Jacksonville, Florida, arranged to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday in 1900. My brother, J. Rosamond Johnson, and I decided to write a song to be sung at the exercises. I wrote the words and he wrote the music. Our New York publisher, Edward B…

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