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When Beyoncé talks, the world listens.
And we were all ears when Queen Bey sat down for an interview with Vogue – especially when her Coachella performance was brought up.
Beyoncé spoke of how her powerful performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as the black national anthem, came about – and how daughter Rumi inspired her to make some very important changes…
“One day I was randomly singing the black national anthem to Rumi while putting her to sleep,” Beyoncé said in an interview with Vogue.
“I started humming it to her every day. In the show at the time, I was working on a version of the anthem with these dark minor chords and stomps and belts and screams.
“After a few days of humming the anthem, I realized I had the melody wrong.
“I was singing the wrong anthem. One of the most rewarding parts of the show was making that change. I swear I felt pure joy shining down on us.
“I know that most of the young people on the stage and in the audience did not know the history of the black national anthem before Coachella. But they understood the feeling it gave them.”
We sure had goosebumps when we saw the performance.
For those who don’t know the history of the “black national anthem”, let us give you a very overview…
The song was originally a poem written by school principal James Weldon Johnson back in 1899, after being asked to deliver a speech on the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. His brother, John Rosamond Johnson, then put his words to music, and “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was officially born.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has since adopted the hymn as its official song – aka the black national anthem – and the rest, as they say, is history.