Black History Month Kickoff
Tuesday, Feb. 2: 6pm
Online Platform: Zoom
Singing the Nation into Being: The Many Lives of “Lift Every Voice and Sing”
Africana Studies invites you to a conversation with Dr. Sonya Donaldson about her research on the Black National Anthem. Our discussion, “Singing the Nation into Being: The Many Lives of ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing,’” will showcase her findings and the many renditions of this iconic song.
Dr. Donaldson is the curator of the Black digital humanities project, “Singing the Nation into Being,” which aims to stir discussion about the meaning and resonance of James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (1900). She is an Associate Professor of English and director of the Lee Hagan Africana Studies Center as well as coordinator of the African and African American Studies Program at New Jersey City University.