“Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing,” traditionally known as the Black National Anthem, is expected to be live or played before each week’s 1 NFL game, and the league is considering a host of other actions this coming season to recognize victims of police brutality, she said a source familiar with the league’s discussions The Undefeated on Thursday.
The song would be performed before “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the source said. The NFL season opener is scheduled for Sept. 10, with the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans.
The NFL has recently shown increased awareness of the problems of systemic racism, the NFL, in collaboration with the NFL Players Association, is also considering listing the victims̵
Early last month, Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged in a video that the league had erred in how it handled peaceful NFL players’ protests over police brutality and systemic repression. Goodell condemned racism and affirmed that black lives play a role and pledged their allegiance to the players in the fight for equal justice under the law.
In June, the league revealed plans to increase its social justice footprint by promising to donate $ 250 million over a ten-year period.
The league hopes its efforts show “a genuine commitment to the public, players and coaches and that player voices continue to be heard,” the source wrote in a text message. “This is the key to educating fans and becoming a prominent voice in the fight to end racism.”