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'Black National Anthem' At State Of City Stirs Controversy
Denver Channel 7 News ^

Posted on 07/01/2008 4:18:40 PM PDT by Bush_Democrat

One of the most notable incidents from Tuesday's State of the City address occurred even before the mayor's speech began.

After the Pledge of Allegiance, Rene Marie was introduced to sing the national anthem.

But that's not what she sang.

Martin actually sang the tune of the traditional national anthem with the lyrics to "Lift Every Voice and Sing." It's a song some have called the National Black Anthem, the Negro National Anthem or the Black National Anthem.

Once she finished performing, there was a moment of awkward silence and then the crowd gave her mild applause. Marie said she understood why the audience was confused, since the song sounded familiar but the lyrics were different.

"Art is supposed to make you think. I wanted to express how I felt, being a black woman living in this country," Marie told 7NEWS.

The Denver Mayor's Office said it wasn't aware that Marie was planning to sing that version of the song. A spokeswoman told 7NEWS that the office expected her to sing the traditional anthem.

The Broomfield singer said only three people at the State of the City speech knew she would sing the lyrics to the Black National Anthem -- her husband, her mentor and herself. It was not a song requested by the city, but a song she had deliberately chosen to perform.

(Excerpt) Read more at thedenverchannel.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: govwatch; hickenlooper; loonylefty; loser; silly; sillyseason
We're in Denver right now on a trip, and the talk radio audience is going nuts - outraged!!
1 posted on 07/01/2008 4:18:40 PM PDT by Bush_Democrat
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To: Bush_Democrat

Did she rap it?


2 posted on 07/01/2008 4:19:26 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Admin Moderator

Sorry, duplicate, some posted it between my searching and then posting.


3 posted on 07/01/2008 4:20:51 PM PDT by Bush_Democrat (Ex-Dem since 2001 *Folding@Home for the Gipper - Join the FReeper Folders*)
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To: Bush_Democrat
Here's the other thread.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2039433/posts

4 posted on 07/01/2008 4:22:16 PM PDT by Bush_Democrat (Ex-Dem since 2001 *Folding@Home for the Gipper - Join the FReeper Folders*)
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To: Bush_Democrat
That version of the song? IT's NOT A VERSION OF THE NATIONAL ANTHERM...IT'S A DIFFERENT SONG.

Black Natinal Anthem indeed.

Who said she had the right to take artistic liberty with the National Anthem? Folks there have every right to be outraged.

This is the type of sick thinking, and mushy brained, anti-American stuff we get when someone like Obama gets on the national stage.

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA WILL CHANGE THE WORLD

THE AUDACITY OF TRUTH ABOUT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA


5 posted on 07/01/2008 4:22:23 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Bush_Democrat

Maybe for once in her life she was proud of her country.


6 posted on 07/01/2008 4:23:55 PM PDT by Selmore (Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.)
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To: Bush_Democrat

Outraged?

They darned well should be!


7 posted on 07/01/2008 4:25:03 PM PDT by papasmurf
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To: Bush_Democrat

Man, the applause was pitiful. Heheheh.

What nerve!!


8 posted on 07/01/2008 4:25:56 PM PDT by EggsAckley
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To: Bush_Democrat
In Rene Marie, Michelle Obama has found her soulmate.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

9 posted on 07/01/2008 4:29:58 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Bush_Democrat

I guess they want a “chocolate” nation....


10 posted on 07/01/2008 4:31:50 PM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Obama for President!)
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To: Bush_Democrat

The “Black National Anthem” ends with the line, “True to our native land”, but nowhere is America mentioned in the song.


11 posted on 07/01/2008 4:32:12 PM PDT by Sender (Never lose your ignorance; you can never regain it!)
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To: Bush_Democrat
So this stupid racist was suppose to sing the National Anthem, and instead decides to sing an unoriginal song about how she feels. Wonderful.... Now maybe everyone should sing how they feel instead of the National Anthem This is the USA in 2008? personal feelings should ALWAYS trump the National Anthem. That is what will unite us. Yeah I am sure that is what the boys in D-Day were thinking about when they stormed the beaches of France....
12 posted on 07/01/2008 4:33:56 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Bush_Democrat
"Art is supposed to make you think. I wanted to express how I felt, being a black woman living in this country," Marie told 7NEWS."

I am so beyond sick of this kind b.s. She should not ever be invited to perform in any such setting again, and certainly not by any public agency or office.
13 posted on 07/01/2008 4:34:06 PM PDT by Enchante (OBAMA: "That's not the Wesley Clark I knew!")
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To: Bush_Democrat

Sue her for performance failure.


15 posted on 07/01/2008 4:35:51 PM PDT by toddlintown (Morons; all of 'em.)
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To: Enchante
And she couldn't find it in herself to show her love of our country? I wasn't even born here and I love her more deeply than most native born Americans who take her for granted. That's sad!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

16 posted on 07/01/2008 4:36:37 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Bush_Democrat

Michelle will book her for Barack’s inauguration.


17 posted on 07/01/2008 4:40:15 PM PDT by SIDENET (Hubba Hubba...)
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To: SIDENET
Yep. The Hate America Crowd has found someone who will put America down. At last! At last!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

18 posted on 07/01/2008 4:42:42 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Bush_Democrat

We may have to get used to the black version of our National Anthem if BO makes it into the White House. (I wonder if he will invite all his Kenyan family members to Washington for the celebrations?)


19 posted on 07/01/2008 4:58:03 PM PDT by 353FMG (What marxism and fascism could not destroy, liberalism did.)
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To: goldstategop

It seems that I should have paid more attention to the words of the song. As I said on the other thread about this.....we do not disagree on this.


20 posted on 07/01/2008 4:58:38 PM PDT by Gator113 (Drill here, drill now...... or die.)
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To: Jeff Head

Do you have any insight as to where the best white reeducation camps will be located? I’d like to stay out of Arizona or New Mexico or the NE...


21 posted on 07/01/2008 4:59:22 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Mr. Mojo

Nope, just butchered the tune some. http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/16762609/detail.html


22 posted on 07/01/2008 5:01:19 PM PDT by mathurine
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To: goldstategop
The Hate America Crowd has found someone who will put America down.

Three things to remember about the Hate America people:

1. They breed;

2. They vote;

3. They're going to win in November.

23 posted on 07/01/2008 5:01:23 PM PDT by Old Sarge (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: Bush_Democrat
Lift Every Voice and Sing was written around 1900 as a Christian hymn, and I doubt if the writer intended it to be a "black national anthem."

When our congregation sang it during a church service a few years ago, I had heretofore never heard of it, but noting the copyright date of 1920 in our hymnal, I figured at the time that the words were inspired by World War I.

24 posted on 07/01/2008 5:01:33 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: goldstategop

“I wasn’t even born here..”

I don’t know when you came here my friend, but when I did back in the fifties I first watched Rangerider, I Love Lucy, the Honeymooners, the Red Skelton Show, American Bandstand and then made a bee line to the nearest recruiting station. I already wore three stripes on my sleeves when I watched Johnny Unitas make history (in black and white). At one time, this country really was paradise and it is a shame that there are are so few who remember this country as it once was.

But then again, paradise was never meant to last.


25 posted on 07/01/2008 5:11:44 PM PDT by 353FMG (What marxism and fascism could not destroy, liberalism did.)
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26 posted on 07/01/2008 5:14:46 PM PDT by potlatch (MICHELLE OBAMA - The gift that just keeps on giving....!)
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To: Sender
nowhere is America mentioned in the song.

FWIW, neither "America" nor the "United States" is mentioned by name in the SSB.

27 posted on 07/01/2008 5:22:50 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. - A. Lincoln)
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To: Sprite518

There’s nothing particularly objectionable about the lyrics of the song she sang, but it just isn’t the Anthem she was retained to sing.


28 posted on 07/01/2008 5:25:18 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. - A. Lincoln)
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To: Bush_Democrat
I wanted to express how I felt, being a black woman living in this country," Marie told 7NEWS.

I wonder how Marie would feel if she were a black woman living in Zimbabwe.

29 posted on 07/01/2008 6:05:48 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Man, that's stupid ... even by congressional standards.)
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To: Sherman Logan

She put her race above everything else. How pathetic...


30 posted on 07/01/2008 6:06:37 PM PDT by Sprite518
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Obama website page:




31 posted on 07/01/2008 6:09:10 PM PDT by devolve (- Danielle/Daniel Allen - brain-exempt androgynous Obama clone -)
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To: RobinOfKingston
I wonder how Marie would feel if she were a black woman living in Zimbabwe.

Hungry?

32 posted on 07/01/2008 6:13:54 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. - A. Lincoln)
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To: devolve

Good post.


33 posted on 07/01/2008 6:28:36 PM PDT by potlatch (MICHELLE OBAMA - The gift that just keeps on giving....!)
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To: Bush_Democrat
Once she finished performing, there was a moment of awkward silence and then the crowd gave her mild applause. Marie said she understood why the audience was confused, since the song sounded familiar but the lyrics were different.

Confused? Stunned perhaps. What they should of done was booed your rear end out of there. Planes, trains and automboles will take you just about anywhere else you wanna be.

34 posted on 07/01/2008 6:34:13 PM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: devolve

What’s your source for that?


35 posted on 07/01/2008 7:18:30 PM PDT by IM2MAD
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To: potlatch

.

Thanks potlatch -

It’s not a surprise


36 posted on 07/01/2008 7:29:20 PM PDT by devolve (- Danielle/Daniel Allen - brain-exempt androgynous Obama clone -)
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To: devolve; potlatch; Fiddlstix; y'all
Excerpt from the article:

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The Broomfield singer said only three people at the State of the City speech knew she would sing the lyrics to the Black National Anthem -- her husband, her mentor and herself. It was not a song requested by the city, but a song she had deliberately chosen to perform in light of what was happening in the country, and what was happening in Denver in August -- when Sen. Barack Obama will become the first African-American to accept the nomination to become a major party candidate for president.

The first verse of the anthem, according to Black-Network.com:

Lift ev'ry voice and sing,
Till earth and heaven ring.
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise,
High as the list'ning skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.

The National Black Anthem song was originally written in 1899 by by James Weldon Johnson for a presentation in celebration of the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, according to AfricanAmericans.com.

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Hmmmmm ...

Pretty much kept it to herself.

Guess she didn't feel the need to tell the folks that enlisted her to sing the National Anthem that she wanted to instead sing the Black National Anthem ???

37 posted on 07/01/2008 8:19:19 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (McRINO needs reach across the aisle to Conservatives for a CHANGE! Dang him!!!)
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To: Bush_Democrat

Several folks need to be unemployed...


38 posted on 07/01/2008 8:38:57 PM PDT by TheBattman (Vote your conscience, or don't complain about RINOs!)
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To: Sherman Logan

Lift Every Voice and Sing (1900) Originally written by James Weldon Johnson for a presentation in celebration of the birthday of Abraham Lincoln. This was originally performed in Jacksonville, Florida, by children. The popular title for this work is: THE NEGRO NATIONAL ANTHEM. The first few lines of this Ole Black spiritual are:
Lift every voice and sing
Till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the listening skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
It’s a nice song for Church, but it’s not our National Anthem.


39 posted on 07/01/2008 8:44:07 PM PDT by Colorado Cowgirl (God bless America!)
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To: MeekOneGOP
"The Broomfield singer said only three people at the State of the City speech knew she would sing the lyrics to the Black National Anthem -- her husband, her mentor and herself. It was not a song requested by the city, but a song she had deliberately chosen to perform in light of what was happening in the country, and what was happening in Denver in August -- when Sen. Barack Obama will become the first African-American to accept the nomination to become a major party candidate for president."

The Big Lie strikes again. An African-American, by all traditional definitions, is a person who is descended from American slaves and who was born in this country. This man is hiding his true heritage so he can get votes from a community that traditionally hates blacks from Africa. See my earlier vanity thread.

40 posted on 07/01/2008 8:51:01 PM PDT by TypeZoNegative (Barak Obama: An American African, Not An African-American. (There is a Difference.))
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To: TypeZoNegative

Democrats LYING ??!?!?!

Imagine that! :)


41 posted on 07/01/2008 8:59:02 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (McRINO needs reach across the aisle to Conservatives for a CHANGE! Dang him!!!)
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To: SIDENET
Michelle will book her for Barack’s inauguration

And will she sing it before or after the Muslim call to prayer?

42 posted on 07/01/2008 9:00:53 PM PDT by Wil H
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