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Author Perry, Imani, 1972-
Title May we forever stand : a history of the black national anthem / Imani Perry.
Imprint Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2018]

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Author Perry, Imani, 1972-
Series The John Hope Franklin series in African American history and culture
John Hope Franklin series in African American history and culture.
Subject Johnson, J. Rosamond (John Rosamond), 1873-1954. Lift every voice and sing.
African Americans -- Music -- History and criticism.
Anthems -- United States -- History and criticism.
African Americans -- United States -- History.
Add Title History of the black national anthem
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 280 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-247) and index.
Contents I'll make me a world: black formalism at the nadir -- The sound and fury of a renaissance: art and activism in the early twentieth century -- School bell song: "Lift every voice and sing" in the lives of children in the segregated South -- The bell tolls for thee: war, Americana, and the anthem -- Shall we overcome? music and the movement -- All power, all poetry, to the people: from "Negro" to "black" national anthem -- A piece of the rock: post-civil rights losses, gains, and remnants.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed February 6, 2018).
Summary "The twin acts of singing and fighting for freedom have been inseparable in African American history. May We Forever Stand tells an essential part of that story. With lyrics penned by James Weldon Johnson and music composed by his brother Rosamond, "Lift Every Voice and Sing" was embraced almost immediately as an anthem that captured the story and the aspirations of black Americans. Since the song's creation, it has been adopted by the NAACP and performed by countless artists in times of both crisis and celebration, cementing its place in African American life up through the present day. In this rich, poignant, and readable work, Imani Perry tells the story of the Black National Anthem as it traveled from South to North, from civil rights to black power, and from countless family reunions to Carnegie Hall and the Oval Office. Drawing on a wide array of sources, Perry uses "Lift Every Voice and Sing" as a window on the powerful ways African Americans have used music and culture to organize, mourn, challenge, and celebrate for more than a century."--Publisher's description.
ISBN 9781469638614 (electronic bk.)
1469638614 (electronic bk.)
9781469638621 (electronic bk.)
1469638622 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 1021882241

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