Some NBA teams played ‘negro national anthem’ at games

You won’t find the MSM using the word “negro” very much, but they were forced to in this instance.

Can we now call the NBA the Negro Basketball Association?

Fox5 NY

WASHINGTON (AP) – Several NBA teams have played what is known as the “negro national anthem” at games during Black History Month thanks in part to the urging of a retired Howard University professor.

Be thankful the “negro national anthem” isn’t hip hop:

Eugene Williams, a 76-year-old retiree in Clinton, Maryland, has made it his goal to get professional and collegiate teams to play “Lift Every Voice and Sing” during February. He has been calling and writing teams for the past six months.

The Washington Wizards became the fourth NBA team to play the song at a game, doing so during a timeout midway through the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night. As the song played, a video was shown with on-court highlights and Wizards players engaging in community activities.

The Oklahoma City Thunder played it in January, Williams said. The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Warriors played “Lift Every Voice and Sing” in February.

Williams attended the Warriors-Wizards game on the last day of Black History Month to hear the song played.

“I had no idea it would amount to all of this,” Williams said.

He plans to keep advocating for more NBA teams to play the song during Black History Month. He is also reaching out to universities to include the song during games, having already heard it at Georgetown University games.

“My mission will be completed if it’s done in stadiums all over the United States of America,” Williams said. “That is my hope. That is my prayer. It will make our players feel more positive about themselves and about the game … it will uplift their spirits as it does mine.”

James Weldon Johnson, an author, civil rights activist and educator, wrote the lyrics to “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” His brother, J. Rosamond Johnson, an accomplished musician, wrote the music for the Stanton School celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday in 1900. A chorus of 500 black children sang the tune.

Within 20 years, it was known around the world. The song became an anthem for black Americans during the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

It’s an OK song, but it does get a little tiring after a couple of minutes. It’s another reason for whites to stay away from the NBA.

5 thoughts on “Some NBA teams played ‘negro national anthem’ at games

  1. Youve got to be kidding me…
    WHEN will people pull their heads out?!?!
    and ‘black history month’? they dont need a month to celebrate black history – its easy to sum up in a few words; crime, illiteracy, parasitical existence. black inventions? carjacking and cannibalism.
    There. done.

  2. This is good. I hope blacks keep acting his way and alienate more whites from Black-dominated sports. After all, what are NBA and NFL about? They are about black guys beating white guys and conquering tons of white women(as women are whores who go with winners in sports).

    Why would blacks honor white symbols when they regard themselves as superior over slower and weaker whites?

    The two races need to go separate ways,and I welcome such displays of black arrogance and contempt for the white race.

  3. How did it go again? Nigger, negro, black, African American, person of color. The name changes but the nigger is still a nigger.

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