Till Victory Is Won: The Staying Power Of ‘Lift Every Voice And Sing’: NPR’s American Anthems Series

This story is part of American Anthem, a yearlong series on songs that rouse, unite, celebrate and call to action. Find more at NPR.org/Anthem.

"Lift Every Voice and Sing" is a song many African-Americans know from school or church. But if you didn’t hear it there, you may know it from one of a few landmark performances.