Kevin Johnson conducts the Spelman College Glee Club in a powerful performance of James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson’s ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing,’ arranged by Roland Carter (recorded live Feb. 22, 2019).

From Sons of Serendip

It’s been a long time coming, but a change is gonna come. If that is your hope, please share this video.

From the YouTube channel of Demarre McGill

A month ago, my colleagues from across the USA and I decided to record Lift Every Voice and Sing to inspire young black musicians who don’t often see representation of themselves in orchestral music. Instead, here we are again mourning senseless loss of lives and fighting for justice. This recording is for every protester, every freedom fighter, everyone who needs to be lifted up, and to honor George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the numerous others whose lives have been stolen by police violence.

Arranged by Fred Onovwerosuoke aka Fredo
Executive Producer – Titus Underwood
Video production and audio engineering – Enrico Lopez-Yanez

Flute – Demarre McGill (Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Principal Flute)
Flute- Ebonee Thomas (The Dallas Opera, Second Flute/Piccolo
Oboe – Titus Underwood (Nashville Symphony, Principal Oboe)
Oboe – Geoffrey Johnson (Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Acting Second Oboe)
Clarinet – Anthony McGill (New York Philharmonic, Principal Clarinet)
Clarinet – Alex Laing (Phoenix Symphony, Principal Clarinet)
Bassoon – Andrew Brady (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Principal Bassoon)
Bassoon – Marlene Ngalissamy (Marlboro Music Festival & Curtis Institute 2020)
Contrabassoon – Anthony Parnther (San Bernardino & Southeast Symphony, Conductor)
Horn – Jeffrey Scott (Oberlin College & Conservatory Professor of Horn, Imani Winds)
Horn – Amanda Collins (University of Missouri, Assistant Professor of Horn)
Horn – Priscilla Rinehart (Sarasota Orchestra, Second Horn)
Horn – Adedeji Ogunfolu (Pacific Symphony, Second Horn)

#BLACKLIVESMATTER
#STOPKILLINGUS
#NEWCIVILRIGHTS
#LIFTEVERYVOICE
#TAKETWOKNEES
#ICAREABOUTBLACKLIVES
#FORTHECULTURE
#BLACKEXCELLENCE
#BLACKUNITY
#GEORGEFLOYD
#BREONNATAYLOR
#AHMAUDARBERY

Today will feature some important music.

From the YouTube Channel of the Sphinx Organization

Lift Every Voice and Sing
Exigence Vocal Ensemble
Arranged by Joel Thompson