Google Doodle celebrates Juneteenth with video highlighting 'Lift Every Voice and Sing' poem
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Google recognizes Juneteenth with a video Doodle, designed by guest artist Loveis Wise.
The video is set to the first verse of the poem "Lift Every Voice and Sing" by writer James Weldon Johnson, read by actor LeVar Burton, and music by producer Elijah Jamal.
Opening with an illustrated image of General Order No. 3 being held by hands over a cotton field, the Doodle continues to depict important achievements in American history for the Black community. From becoming landowners to getting the right to vote to the Civil Rights movement, the video crescendos with a celebratory note of unity and emphasizing the need to continue to push for progress.
The first verse reads as follows:
Lift every voice and sing
Till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the listening skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us.
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.
Juneteenth – a mashup of the name of the month and the 19th day of the month – commemorates the date the last enslaved people in America learned they were free. Though the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in September 1862 and effective Jan. 1, 1863, it wasn't until June 19, 1865, with the arrival of Major Gen. Gordon Granger in Galveston, Texas, that residents there learned that President Abraham Lincoln had declared that "that all persons held as slaves" were free.
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Earlier in the week on Wednesday, Google announced a series of commitments to improve racial equity in its workplace, including increasing the number underrepresented groups in leadership, and outside giving more than $175 million in an economic opportunity package to support Black business owners, startup founders, job seekers and developers.
“As a company, and as individuals who came here to build helpful products for everyone, Google commits to translating the energy of this moment into lasting, meaningful change," Google CEO Sundar Pichai said.
Contributing: Mike Snider