NFL will play Black national anthem before Week 1 games

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Feb 1, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; A general view of the NFL shield logo during NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (not pictured) press conference in preparation for Super Bowl LI at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Roger Goodell and the NFL are serious about their commitment to social justice and racial equality.

A report from ESPN Thursday states the league is planning to play the Black national anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing,” before every Week 1 game when the season kicks off.

The song would be performed before “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the source said. The NFL’s season opener is scheduled for Sept. 10, with the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans.

Having recently displayed increased awareness about the problems of systemic racism, the NFL, in collaboration with the NFL Players Association, is also considering listing the names of victims on uniforms through decals on helmets or patches on jerseys.

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