Lift Every Voice and Sing

Silence is Not an Option

Feb 11 2021 • 33 mins

The so-called Black National Anthem was composed in 1900, and it’s provided a soundtrack to Black life ever since. For this special Black History Month episode, CNN’s Don Lemon speaks with Rep. James Clyburn, historian Prof. Imani Perry, and Howard University choir conductor Eric Poole about the song’s history, cultural significance, and impressive staying power over the past century. Today, it’s more relevant than ever.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy