Vanessa Williams and PBS slammed for ‘Black national anthem’ performance

Williams hosted PBS’ “A Capitol Fourth” on Sunday, and it had actually been revealed that she would sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which has actually ended up being called the “Black national anthem.”

In the promo leading up to the program, Williams spoke about consisting of the tune.

“It’s in celebration of the wonderful opportunity that we now have to celebrate Juneteenth,” U.S.A. Today reported the previous Miss America stating. “So we are reflective of the times.”

Conservative Twitter got on the “national anthem” part and stated it “divisive,” “segregation” and “racist” to have any anthem besides “The Star Spangled Banner,” which was arranged to be carried out by Grammy-award winner Renée Fleming.

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Still, others supported Williams and chalked the entire thing as much as social networks doing what it does finest — outrage.

In releasing into the tune, Williams, who likewise carried out “God Bless America” previously in the program, stated she was “filled with the spirit of freedom and the perseverance that is required to achieve that most precious right.”

“I dedicate this to our ancestors, to our new federal holiday Juneteenth and to all who celebrate freedom,” she stated.

“A Capitol Fourth” has actually aired for more than 4 years and is greatly promoted every year by PBS.

CNN has actually connected to associates for Williams and PBS for remark.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.