DOTHAN, Ala (WDHN) — The NFL plans to play the Black National Anthem before every game in week one of the football season.
That’s according to a source familiar with the league’s discussions.
The source says “Lift Every Voice And Sing” will be played before The Star-Spangled Banner.”
It starts with the nationally televised first game of the season on September 10th.
It will also be played during the full slate of those week one Sunday afternoon games, during sunday night football and during the two ESPN Monday night games.
“Lift Every Voice and Sing” was first performed in 1900 by a choir at the segregated Stanton school in Jacksonville, Florida as part of a celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.
This comes after the recent protests of the various killings of Black civilians by police. According to ESPN, the League is also searching for other ways to recognize victims of police brutality which may even include decals on helmets or jerseys.
Roger Goodell says the NFL fumbled their handling in the Colin Kaepernick situation and the protests that followed. In the last months, the NFL has pledged 250 million dollars to fight systemic racism over the course of the next decade.