‘Black’ anthem before speech causes stir | SummitDaily.com

‘Black’ anthem before speech causes stir

DENVER ” A performer triggered a wave of angry criticism and hate e-mails when she sang the words to a song known as the black national anthem instead of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a city function.

Denver jazz singer Rene Marie sang the lyrics to “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” to the tune of the national anthem on Tuesday before hundreds of people at Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper’s annual State of the City speech.

Hickenlooper, who had invited Marie to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” said Wednesday, “she deceived us.”

He said she didn’t tell him she was going to make the switch.

“We will do whatever it takes to ensure that a situation like this never occurs again, even if I have to sing the national anthem myself,” he said.

Marie didn’t return a call from The Associated Press.

She told the Rocky Mountain News she didn’t disclose her plans because she didn’t think it was necessary “for an artist to ask permission to express themselves artistically.”

“I would not change a thing,” she told the newspaper.

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