Campus Activity: Singing the Nation into Being


February 2, 2021    
6:00 pm-7:30 pm

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In partnership with New Jersey City University, Africana Studies invites you to a conversation with Dr. Sonya Donaldson about her research on the Black National Anthem. Our discussion, “Singing the Nation into Being: The Many Lives of ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing,’” will showcase her findings and the many renditions of this iconic song.

Tuesday, February 2 at 6 p.m.

Online event. Registration is required.

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Sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Inclusion, and Civic Engagement.



Dr. Donaldson is the curator of a Black digital humanities project that aims to stir discussion about the meaning and resonance of James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (1900). She is an Associate Professor of English and Director of the Lee Hagan Africana Studies Center as well as coordinator of the African and African American Studies Program at New Jersey City University.