Monday, December 16, 2019

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Prof Randall's Note: I went to segregated schools up until the time I graduated from high school in 1966. Apparently, Texas school's implemented the Supreme Court 1954 required - with "all deliberate speed". I went to a small school in Hawkins, Texas, a two-room school in Muleshoe Texas and a black high school in Amarillo, Texas. At every school we started the school the same way, the Lord's Prayer the National Anthem and the Negro National Anthem (also known as "Lift Evry Voice and Sing".)

 

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Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing
James Weldon Johnson

 

  

Till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty 
Let our rejoicing rise 
High as the list'ning skies, 
Let it resound 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, 
Kept us march on till victory is won.
Stony the road we trod, 
Bitter the chast'ning rod, 
Felt in the days when hope unborn had died; 
Yet with a steady beat, 
Have not our weary feet 
Come to the place for which our fathers signed? 

We have come over a way  that with tears has been watered; 
We have come, treading our path thro' the blood of the slaughtered. 

Out from the gloomy past.

Till now we stand at last  Where the white gleam of  our bright star is cast.
God of our wary years, 
God of our silent tears, 
Thou who hast brought us thus far on the way; 
Thou who hast by Thy might,  Led us into the light. 
Keep us forever in the path, we pray. 
Lest our feet stray from the places, 
our God, where we met Thee, 
Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, 
we forget Thee. 

Shadowed beneath
Thy hand,Worshiping The Lord
May we forever stand, 
True to our God, 
True to our native land 

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