Lift Every Voice and Sing by James Johnson
A Pictorial Tribute to the Negro National Anthem

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Black-and-white photographs accompany this version of the song that has come to be considered the African American national anthem.
 

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Published January 3, 2001 by Jump At The Sun. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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With an introduction by Jim Haskins explaining how ``Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing'' (spelling changed only on the title page and jacket here) came to be written and became the ``African- American Anthem,'' a handsome setting.

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Two intentional unifying visual elements predominate: water (the slave ships of the Middle Passage, the symbolic drinking fountain of the Civil Rights era, a reflecting pool) and the often upraised, lustrous faces of black school children, sometimes profiled in the clouds.

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Celebrating the centenary of the song frequently dubbed “The Negro National Anthem,” this matches those stirring lyrics to equally heartfelt black-and-white photos.

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In honor of this song's centennial anniversary, this volume collects 22 often stirring black-and-white archival photographs to illustrate Johnson's powerful lyrics, set to music by his brother, John R

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In honor of this song's centennial anniversary, this volume collects 22 often stirring black-and-white archival photographs to illustrate Johnson's powerful lyrics, set to music by his brother, John Rosamond Johnson.

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In fact, one of the more interesting claims of the book is between the lines, explicitly stated only in a footnote: years before Du Bois's "Criteria of Negro Art" and other writings in Crisis that dealt explicitly with representations of black life, Cole and the Johnsons were navigating these is...

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