The NFL 2021 Season is getting ready to open this September 9th featuring the Black National Anthem. This will play a major part in the next season’s in-game programs and activities. The centerpiece is the playing of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” before the start of every game.
Lift Every Voice and Sing
Previously, the Black national anthem was played before the start of Week 1 games during the 2020 NFL season. On Wednesday, Front Office Sports reported that the NFL plans to make “Lift Every Voice and Sing” a “prominent part of big-league events.”
In support of its black players, the NFL allowed the painting of social justice phrases like “End Racism” at the back of teams’ end zones. In addition, the league allowed players to honor victims of systemic racism and police violence last year. Reportedly, the NFL plans on raising the ante for the messaging for the upcoming season.
The National Anthem
Meanwhile, the “Star-Spangled Banner” gets played usually before the start of early-season games or some primetime games. In addition, the Super Bowl and the NFL Draft also play the US national anthem. Last year, however, the league played “Lift Every Voice and Sing” before Super Bowl LV and the April draft.
Then, the National Football League decided to play “Lift Every Voice and Sing” before Week 1 games last year. This happened during the midst of a summer of racial unrest across major urban areas across the United States. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged the Black Lives Matter movement as well.
‘Black Lives Matter’
“We, at the National Football League, believe Black lives matter. I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much-needed change in this country,” Goodell said during last year’s video.
“Without Black players, there would be no National Football League and the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality, and oppression of Black players, coaches, fans, and staff. We are listening, I am listening, and I will be reaching out to players who have raised their voices and others on how we can improve and go forward for a better and more united NFL family,” he added.
The Black National Anthem is the NFL’s 10-year, $250 million pledge to fight racism. In addition, the league will promote social justice through various league merchandise. This includes signages, player helmet decals, and Public Service Announcements.
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