The Black anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” will be played before each NFL game during Week 1. The league is also considering putting the names of police brutality victims on helmets and jerseys according to a source.
The source said the NFL is working alongside players to honour the victims of systemic racism throughout the season in different ways. Discussions between the league and players are still ongoing.
Additionally, the league is considering including educational programs to tell the story of the victims and their families. A similar program to the league’s PSA on Botham Jean aired in January. Also Read– Players in the Premier League take a knee in solidarity
The song “Lift Every Voice and Sing” is traditionally known as the Black anthem and will be first performed when Super Bowl champion Kansa City Chiefs play the Houston Texans in the first game of the NFL regular season on Sept. 10.
Furthermore, it is unknown whether fans will be in attendance for Week 1 of the season or at all throughout the season due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to another source, the league will ask fans to sign a waiver and wear a mask.
The league also committed $250 million over 10 years last month to social justice initiatives to support “the battle against the ongoing and historic injustices faced by African Americans.”