Sept. 17, 2014: At the suggestion of the Black Staff and Faculty Organization, the inspirational song “Lift Ev’ry Voice” by James Weldon Johnson is played on the massive carillon at noon by University Carillonist Jeff Davis as an ad hoc chorus sings it beneath the tower. The group chose the activity in response to results of a campus climate survey that indicated a feeling of exclusion running among the campus’s African American community. “To have pride in your culture is very important,” observes participant Todd McFerren, a campus electrician who first learned the anthem in preschool.