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Typically before NFL football games and other sporting events throughout the country, The Star-Spangled Banner is played to kick off the festivities. But during Thursday night’s season-opening showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Detroit Lions, another very special and meaningful song was played along with the United States’ national anthem.

Before the traditional playing of The Star-Spangled Banner on Thursday night, the Kansas City Boys and Girls Choir performed the historic song “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” The song was used widely throughout the Civil Rights Movement and is a key part of Black culture in America as many even affectionately call it “The Black National Anthem.”

It was a beautiful performance of a beautiful song and the social media world had plenty to say about it afterward, with plenty of people blasting anyone who would criticize the NFL for allowing the celebration of Black culture.

This is not the first time the song has been sung on a big stage before a major NFL game. “Lift Every Voice and Sing” has been played at NFL games since 2020 after Minneapolis police officers killed George Floyd. The song was even played before Super Bowl LVI and the NFL Draft in April 2021.

[Ed Krassenstein]