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H.R. 301: To amend title 36, United States Code, to establish the composition known as “Lift Every Voice and Sing” as the national hymn of the United States.

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The song has gained more widespread attention after the NFL played it before all of its week 1 games.


The U.S. has two official pieces of music. The Star-Spangled Banner has been the official national anthem since 1931, while The Stars and Stripes Forever has been the official national march since 1987. There is no official national hymn, a genre of music typically noted for its religious connotations.

Sometimes nicknamed “the black national anthem,” the hymn *Lift Every Voice and Sing *gained wider fame in September 2020 when the NFL played it before each of their week 1 football games in addition to the traditional The Star-Spangled Banner. The league said in a press release that the song would be played “In an ongoing effort to recognize social ...

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James “Jim” Clyburn

Sponsor. Representative for South Carolina's 6th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 13, 2021
Length: 4 pages
Jan 13, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Jan 13, 2021

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on January 13, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


44 Cosponsors (44 Democrats)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jan 13, 2021

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