Simon Romanov

NFL world reacts to ‘Black National Anthem’

The Star-Spangled Banner is traditionally played before NFL football games and other athletic events across the country to begin the festivities.  

However, during Thursday night's season-opening game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Detroit Lions, 

another extremely special and meaningful song was performed alongside the United States national anthem. 

On Thursday night, before the traditional playing of The Star-Spangled Banner, the Kansas City Boys and Girls Choir played the historic hymn "Lift Every Voice and Sing." 

The song was frequently used throughout the Civil Rights Movement and is an important component of Black culture in America; many people lovingly refer to it as "The Black National Anthem." 

It was a lovely rendition of a beautiful song, and the social media world had a lot to say about it afterward, 

with many individuals bashing anyone who criticised the NFL for allowing Black culture to be celebrated. 

This is not the first time the song has been performed on a large stage prior to a huge NFL game. "Lift Every Voice and Sing" has been performed during NFL games since 2020, when Minneapolis police officers killed George Floyd.  

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