House Majority Whip James Clyburn said he will propose to make the “Black National Anthem” the official US hymn in an effort to “bring the country together.”
Clyburn plans to introduce a measure as early as this week that would make “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” known as the Black national anthem, the national hymn.
“To make it a national hymn, I think, would be an act of bringing the country together. It would say to people, ‘You aren’t singing a separate national anthem, you are singing the country’s national hymn,’” said Clyburn, the highest-ranking Black American in Congress. “The gesture itself would be an act of healing. Everybody can identify with that song.”
To make ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ a national hymn, would be an act of bringing the country together.— James E. Clyburn (@WhipClyburn) January 12, 2021
The gesture itself would be an act of healing.
Everybody can identify with that song. https://t.co/7LvE8eYadU