Singing the Nation Into Being


The ‘Black National Anthem’ and the Politics of Performance

African American Heritage  •  Culture & Identity  •  Fellowships

Creative Commons image courtesy Flickr user Bethany Khan
Creative Commons image courtesy Flickr user Bethany Khan

Virginia Humanities

145 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville VA 22903

What can videos and metadata tell us about Black subjectivities, nation, and diaspora? What might we gain by considering performances as part of an ephemeral archive?

Virginia Humanities Fellow Sonya Donaldson (New Jersey City University) will discuss a digital humanities project she’s working on that curates performances of James Weldon Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (also known as “The Black National Anthem”). The project will analyze how these digital materials constitute sites of knowledge that inform ideas about Black identity formation at the nexus of race, gender, diaspora, and nation.

Join us for this free, public talk. A light lunch will be provided.