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Vanessa Williams, the first black Miss America, will be performing the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” widely known as the Black National Anthem, while hosting PBS’s 41st annual “A Capitol Fourth” celebration.
The pre-taped show will air on Sunday.
Williams itold The Associated Press that she will be singing the anthem as a way to promote Juneteenth during the show.
What an incredibly offensive thing to say. There is only one Independence Day celebration — for all Americans — and that day is July 4th.
“It’s in celebration of the wonderful opportunity that we now have to celebrate Juneteenth. So we are reflective of the times,” Williams said.
There is only one national anthem – the “Star Spangled Banner.” To stand at attention, hand over heart for any other song is simply un-American.
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