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The composer of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” James Weldon Johnson, was born on this day in history. Did you know it was originally written for Abraham Lincoln? A leader in the NAACP from its beginning, and an accomplished lawyer, he’s definitely someone about whom you will be surprised and inspired. The more you know, the more you grow. Grow a little today and read up on an amazing man, though he’s long gone,  who continues to touch our lives through his work.

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.

Sing a song full of 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.

Remember: The more you know, the more you grow. You’ve just grown a little today!

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