Wednesday, July 02, 2008


An Early Kick Off For The Democratic Convention?

'Black national anthem' stirs controversy for city:

At the start of the event Tuesday morning, (Denver) City Council President Michael Hancock introduced singer Rene Marie to perform the national anthem.

Instead, she performed the song "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing," which is also known as the "black national anthem."

So what did she have to say for herself?

"When I decided to sing my version, what was going on in my head was: 'I want to express how I feel about living in the United States, as a black woman, as a black person,'"

I doubt she was asked to express herself but rather was asked to sing the national anthem. At best this was an ignorant act by someone who should know better but what probably matters most to her is that it made her feel better.


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