Vanessa Williams and PBS slammed for 'Black national anthem' performance

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(CNN)There was backlash implicit Vanessa Williams performing for Independence Day earlier it adjacent happened.

Williams hosted PBS' "A Capitol Fourth" connected Sunday, and it had been announced that she would sing "Lift Every Voice and Sing," which has go known arsenic the "Black nationalist anthem."

In the promotion starring up to the show, Williams talked astir including the song.

    "It's successful solemnisation of the fantastic accidental that we present person to observe Juneteenth," USA Today reported the erstwhile Miss America saying. "So we are reflective of the times."

      Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of African American slaves and was declared a national vacation successful the US this year.

      Conservative Twitter jumped connected the "national anthem" portion and declared it "divisive," "segregation" and "racist" to person immoderate anthem different than "The Star Spangled Banner," which was scheduled to beryllium performed by Grammy-award victor Renée Fleming.

      Juneteenth's way  to becoming a national  vacation  was a agelong  clip  coming

      Still, others supported Williams and chalked the full happening up to societal media doing what it does champion -- outrage.

      In launching into the song, Williams, who besides performed "God Bless America" earlier successful the program, said she was "filled with the tone of state and the perseverance that is required to execute that astir precious right."

      "I dedicate this to our ancestors, to our caller national vacation Juneteenth and to each who observe freedom," she said.

        "A Capitol Fourth" has aired for much than 4 decades and is heavy promoted each twelvemonth by PBS.

        CNN has reached retired to reps for Williams and PBS for comment.

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