Lift every voice and sing / Till earth and heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise, / high as the list'ning skies,
let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun, / let us march on till victory is won.
– The Black American National Anthem, a poem by James Weldon Johnson in 1899, set to music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson in 1900