Black national anthem at Super Bowl stirs debate on social media

For the third time in a row, the Black national anthem will be performed during the NFL's pre-Super Bowl events.

The selection of the song sparked controversy on social media even though the league had "Lift Every Voice and Sing" on the schedule for weeks.

At State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, comedy series "Abbott Elementary" star Sheryl Lee Ralph will sing the song.

The national anthem will be sung by country music musician Chris Stapleton, and "America the Beautiful" will be performed by R&B singer Babyface.

But the song that got NFL fans talking early Sunday was "Lift Every Voice and Sing."

In April 2021, "Lift Every Voice and Sing" was played prior to the Super Bowl LV and the drought.

Prior to the Los Angeles Rams vs. Cincinnati Bengals Super Bowl the previous year, Mary Mary sang it.

Following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers in the 2020 season,

The NFL began to play the Black national anthem before games. The tragedy sparked a nationwide uprising against racial injustice.

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