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Kim Weston: Lift Every Voice and Sing

09 Feb

In 1972, Kim Weston performed the ‘Negro National Anthem’ song of Lift Every Voice and Sing during Wattstax inside the Los Angeles Coliseum. Scenes from entire concert is available on DVD and a few highlights are available via YouTube. Wattstax was an important event in not only L.A. history, but Black history. Seven years prior, Watts went up in flames in a riot or rebellion (I urge you to take your pick). The concert promoted racial identity, pride, and a fun filled day to enjoy. Sadly, those days are gone as if you see the entire film, you’ll understand. However, it is a blessing to watch this rendition of the anthem from Ms. Weston and to hear the power and range in her voice.

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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