Jazz singer Rene Marie had been invited to sing "The Star Spangled Banner" at Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper's state of the city speech. But rather than singing the national anthem, she sang the lyrics of the Black national anthem, "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing," to the tune of "The Star Spangled Banner." Wow!!
And I won't even get into the humor of her singing the song for Mayor Hick.
Oop! I just did.
Not only does she have my respect as a singer/musician and all around lover of music; she has my respect as black woman! Go 'head, Girl! Do yo' thang!!
Of course, some people are upset. Gov. Bill Ritter today labeled the switch as "inappropriate." A commentor at another blog post on the story said he thought "Get Whitey" was the Black national anthem. That's racist and ignorant.
But back to Rene Marie . . . I gotchur back like black, Sistah! Sang on!