Sunday, July 6, 2008

The Negro National Anthem...

... rocked by a 9-year-old kid of indeterminate ethnicity.

(Perhaps he could sing it at Denver’s State of the City ceremony next year?)

9 comments:

Kellybelle said...

Awww, little Ryan kicked it. Why were all the White people sitting while the Black people were standing? I think there was a little of the Apollo Effect going on--where you give the little white kid props for even trying.

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Oh snap! Do you mean "Ryan" as in Seacrest? :^)

LennieG said...

That was adorable. His parents must truly be proud.

Looked mixed but does it matter? He hit those notes! Cute.

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Lynn, my guess is half white, half Hispanic. Maybe I'll try to find out.

I also wonder how many black kids are even taught this song nowadays?

jjbrock said...

He did a great job with this song. Those notes are some what hard to hit. We sing this every year at my family reunion and boy don't we sound bad.

Big Bill said...

You ask: Perhaps he could sing it at Denver’s State of the City ceremony next year?

I don't think so. Now that the Black nation has had its national anthem sung a couple times, the Mexican nation will demand its fair share, as will the Indian (dot) nation, the Indian (feather) nation, the Chinese nation, the Jewish nation (Hava Nagila), The Pakistani nation, and every other nation living in the wonderful multiculturalness of Denver.

You had your shot. Having established national song rights, black folks are going to have to wait quite a while for your turn to come up again.

Anonymous said...

The kid nails it. Very Sweet.

It is always entertaining, the reactions of white folks when this song is sung in their presence, and all the black people (at least those of us who know the drill) stand up. Hey, Irma! What's going on? Why are all the black folks rising to their feet? Is this a riot? Should I stand? Keep sitting? Run out the door?

Hilarious.

Afi said...

I also wonder how many black kids are even taught this song nowadays?

The song is still popular. I work with children in Cleveland. We teach it here.

And everyone in my multi-cultural church know it. We sang it as a congregational during service on July 6.

Of course, my church is a United Church of Christ, same denomination as Trinity UCC.

Undercover Black Man said...

The song is still popular. I work with children in Cleveland. We teach it here.

Good to know that, Afi. Thanks for commenting.