In mid-October, 25 students and their teachers traveled to Washington, DC to perform Anthem on the National Mall and in two other locations. To get a sense of the full story, you can view our collection of Anthem-related updates posted to this blog by starting here and working your way forward through the month of October. Also, click here to see a 3-minute companion video featuring CMW student voices.
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Anthem lyrics by Kirby Vasquez
Of the people, By the people, For the people
We are the future of the United States!
Power, freedom, understanding and now change,
Join hands to turn a new page.
Work together, build together, stand together
We live the dream of our forefathers today.
As we walk we make a pledge to march ahead
We prove what Doctor King once said.
For we now have a sense of pride above all,
We stand tall,
We stand tall…
Keep our spirits high because we will fly.
No matter who we are as one we will rise.
No matter our age, our color, or race.
There are still similarities in the problems we face.
We’ve seen the same suffering and sorrow,
But we still make our way to a better tomorrow.
And though we’ve seen it all, we refuse to fall.
So keep our spirits high because we will fly.
Through all the pain and tears, we move on by.
When once the road wasn’t clear,
We now make our way without fear
For we are the future of the United States.
What was once our goals, now become our fate
This is our American Dream.
To make the world safe from hypocrisy,
Like an unstoppable team.
So come on, this is our destiny,
Our moment to be.
Hold a sense of pride above all,
For together, we will never fall.
Keep our spirits high, because we will fly.