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​What Mean These Stones?

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The lyrics of James Weldon Johnson’s anthem for Black America, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” recount with poetic poignancy the story of America’s once and long enslaved Black population. Their sentiments particularly apply to the heritage of challenge, struggle, disruption, and constancy that is the story of the African American family in the United States, and its emergence “out from the gloomy past.” That there is yet an integrated unit identifiable as the African American family in the United States is more a miracle of the providence of God than …

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