120-year anniversary of black national anthem in Jacksonville highlights special month – News – The Florida Times-Union


The Jacksonville community can celebrate Black History Month this year several different ways. They include the unveiling of murals, baseball games, a kidney cancer symposium and a teacher’s new book. This is also the 120th anniversary of the black national anthem.

From a kidney cancer symposium to the 120-year anniversary of the black national anthem that has origins in Jacksonville, there’s plenty to celebrate for this year’s Black History Month.

Starting Feb. 1, the month-long celebration remembers the significant achievements in history by the African-American community. Jacksonville has its own place in history making a lasting impact on the lives of others.

It was 120 years ago that Jacksonville brothers Jame Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson created and performed the anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.”

To celebrate this milestone, the I’m a Star Foundation, Jacksonville Branch of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Duval County Public Schools, Ritz Theatre and Museum as well as other organizations formed a coalition to put together over a week of events.

The appreciation for the two brothers runs deep in the community….

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