The Johnson brother not only wrote the Negro National Anthem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing," but many popular Broadway songs of the era.
"Lift Every Voice and Sing" is known as the "Negro National Anthem. It was first performed live by 500 Black students at the Stanton School in Jacksonville, Florida during a visit by Booker T. Washington.
They preserved the tradition of Negro spirituals.
Religious folksong born from African enslavement in America.
A uniquely American syncopated music and precursor to jazz.