Shanelle lifts her voice to sing in celebration of Black History Month

CBC Kids News • Published 2021-02-17 06:00

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SUBMITTED BY: Shanelle Twumasi

AGE:  11

CITY: London, Ontario

What inspires me to sing is that I love it and I love to put smiles on people’s faces. For me it’s important that people learn the history and struggles of Black people. I chose this song because I feel like it reaches out to Black people and it encourages them to raise their voices and to not let ourselves be treated in such an inhuman way with all of the injustices, police brutalities and discrimination. We all want to be accepted and treated equally and to be given the chance to succeed in life, regardless of our colour.

Watch Shanelle perform Lift Every Voice and Sing

Shanelle performed Lift Every Voice and Sing as part of a Black History Month event put on by the London Public Library in London, Ontario.

The song is known in the United States as The Black National Anthem. It was written by James Weldon Johnson and set to music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson in 1899.

Shanelle’s performance was inspired by Alicia Keys’ version of the iconic song.

Lift Every Voice and Sing 

Lift every voice and sing
'Til Earth and heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty

Let our rejoicing rise
High as the listening skies
Let it resound as loud as the rolling sea

Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun

Let us marсh on 'til victory is won
Let us march on 'til victory is won
Let us march on 'til victory is won
Let us march on 'til victory is won

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With files from Rebecca Zandbergen
TOP IMAGE CREDIT: Submitted by Sarah Martin, graphic design by Philip Street/CBC

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