NFL to play Black National Anthem before Week 1 games

July 2, 2020
National Anthem

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Coming off the heels of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell publicly apologizing for the way he handled protesting previously in the NFL, alluding to Colin Kaepernicks kneeling during the National Anthem, the NFL has announced that they will play "Lift Every Voice and Sing" before every week 1 game.  

The song was put together by John Rasamond Johnson based on his brother James Weldon Johnson's 1899 poem.    The NFL has also announced they will be donating $250 million to social justice groups.