Yesterday iconic singer Gladys Knight announced via her Instagram page that she would be signing the National Anthem at t Super Bowl LIII.
“Atlanta, I’m coming home!” the Peach State native said.
“I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta,” the seven-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee said in a statement, adding, “the NFL recently announced their new social justice platform Inspire Change, and I am honored to be a part of its inaugural year.”
Shortly after the annoucement Knight recieved tons of blacklash from people who stand with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his in protest of injustices against African Americans and minorities in the United States.
The “Heard it through the Grapevine” singer has issued a statement for those not suporting her choice, “I have been in the forefront of this battle longer than most of those voicing their opinions to win the right to sing our country’s Anthem on a stage as large as the Super Bowl LIII. It is unfortunate that our National Anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the National Anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone.”
“I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things, and they are police violence and injustice,” she continued, “I am here today and on Sunday, Feb. 3 to give the Anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life. No matter who chooses to deflect with this narrative and continue to mix these two in the same message, it is not so and cannot be made so by anyone speaking it. I pray that this National Anthem will bring us all together in a way never before witnessed and we can move forward and untangle these truths which mean so much to all of us.”
Knight has been a life-long civil rights activist, even marching with the late Dr. Martin Luther King.
Watch the video below!