Actress Vanessa Williams sang the Black National Anthem while hosting PBS’ 41st annual “A Capitol Fourth” celebration.
While introducing the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” known as the Black National Anthem, she promoted the new federal holiday “Juneteenth, which already took place in June.
Vanessa Williams did amazing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” it was written BEFORE and sang in America often before The Star-Spangled Banner. Thanks Beyoncé & Vanessa for honoring it in time & century. #mondaythoughts #HappyIndependenceDay #EssenceFest pic.twitter.com/jDhXmAMHIi
— SouleFull (@FullSoule) July 5, 2021
While introducing the divisive song, Williams said she was “filled with the spirit of freedom and the perseverance that is required to achieve that most precious right.”
“I dedicate this to our ancestors, to our new federal holiday Juneteenth and to all who celebrate freedom,” she added.
This is not the first time that Williams used the Capitol Fourth stage for her activism.
At last year’s show, Williams said her musical selections expressed the “angst that Black women — especially mothers — were feeling,” after the death of George Floyd, according to AP.
Williams sang the song, “Not While I’m Around,” from the musical “Sweeney Todd,” because it “talked about just the connection that you have with your child and wanting to protect them, which was definitely reflective of George Floyd and how everybody felt that pain.”
The Capitol Fourth show is broadcast to millions of viewers on PBS, airs on multiple streaming platforms, and is played for troops around the world.