NFL Will Play ‘Black’ National Anthem Before Week 1 Games This Season

The NFL has gone from seemingly ignoring the outcry of its African American players regarding police brutality and racial injustice in this country to embracing it.

After Roger Goodell released a video denouncing racism and supporting the Black Lives Matter cause, the NFL has spent weeks sharing the thoughts of it’s players on social media as well as contributed in other forms of activism. Now, the league will reportedly play a song prior to the National Anthem during Week 1 this upcoming season.

According to ESPN’s Jason Reid, the NFL will play “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing,” a song commonly referred to as the ‘black national anthem.’

For those unfamiliar with the ‘Black National Anthem’, you can listen below:

Beyond just playing the song, the league is “considering a variety of other measures to recognize victims of police brutality during the upcoming season.”

Here’s more from the report:

“Having recently displayed increased awareness about the problems of systemic racism, the NFL, in collaboration with the NFL Players Association, is also considering listing the names of victims on uniforms through decals on helmets or patches on jerseys. The NFL also may produce educational programs about victims, among other plans.”