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.
Kim Weston: Lift Every Voice and Sing