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'There is only one national anthem':


PBS has come under fire after its Capitol Fourth show - broadcast to US military abroad - was closed out with Vanessa Williams singing the 'Black National Anthem'. 

The singer and actress, who was the first black woman to be crowned Miss America, sang God Bless America at the start of the night and closed the annual Independence Day celebration with Lift Every Voice and Sing.    

The latter song, a nod to Juneteenth being made a federal holiday, provoked an angry response from some on social media who said its inclusion at the ceremony, which aired on Sunday on PBS, NPR and the American Forces Network, was 'woke' and 'divisive'. 

This year, the celebration of the United States' 245th birthday 'pays special tribute to American military heroes and their families,' the event's website read.

Lift Every Voice and Sing was first written as a poem in 1900 by NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson and has long held the nickname as the 'Black National Anthem.'

'There's only one National Anthem that covers everyone. It doesn't matter what color you are,' one Twitter user wrote.

'There's no Black National Anthem like there are no White Anthem, Spanish, Korean, German, Italian, etc, etc. We have one that covers All Americans!,' another commented.