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Conservatives Furious After Vanessa Williams Sings 'Black National Anthem' At Capitol 4th Event
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Actress and singer Vanessa Williams hosted "A Capitol Fourth" on PBS where she ended the event singing what is called the Black National Anthem.

The song "Lift Every Voice and Sing," was a hymn written by former NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson in 1900 along with his brother, John Rosamond Johnson. Today, it's known to be the Black National Anthem as it rose to popularity during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

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