Yes, the lyrics to the Black American National anthem have surfaced to my brain this bright morning!
Every voice is such an integral part of the whole.
Every voice has value and importance in the grand scheme of things.
Ok, ok, let me refrain from the platitudes.
What I'm trying to express is how I finally get the power of this poem,
these lyrics written by James Weldon Johnson in 1900.
It was first performed by 500 school children commemorating
President Linocln's birthday.
I too, was a child when I first sang this song and today
it's meaning is needed more and more
as a great reminder of what we can accomplish linked through sound.
"Lift every voice and sing
Till earth and heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
let our rejoicing rise,
high as the list'ning skies, let it resound loud as the rolling sea..."
The ability to gather our vocal sounds together to the point that the planet and the heavens literally ring? Wow!! We, as a group, have the power to shift the ground we walk on. Is it true?
It reminds me of the bible story about the walls of Jerico and how voices raised in a powerful roar
made the walls tumble down. Folklore or possibility?
I know that it is possible.
When people gather in large quantities to protest, or to force necessary changes in society,
no one can deny their power. Voices that can chant for freedom or sing for freedom have a vibrational frequency that reaches beyond the parameter of their immediate space. It rings around the world.
The vibration is so loud that the skies have to listen and it even surpasses the roar of the sea.
How do you like them apples?
So why are we so quiet these days?
When will we realize the potential of our voices gathered together?
I believe there is so much more that we can accomplish by simply lifting our voices.
Maybe even heal the world.
Remember this from the film 'Network' - "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!"
Everyone who watched this film chanted along.
Imagine if we gathered together and chanted, "we love you planet earth, heal and grow!" - Karen Jones