Shout out to Whitney Houston (1963-2012).
Six months after what was considered a, “naked act of aggression” by Saddam Hussein—as he commanded Iraqi troops to invade Kuwait—you occupied our nation’s eyes and ears on January 27, 1991, during Super Bowl XXV. You seized the moment with your unforgettable rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner; so enthralling, it became a platinum selling single on its own. Like Marvin Gaye eight years before at the NBA All-Star Game, you patiently delivered an emotional and soulful sound that echoes in our hearts today.
Friday, February 11, 2022, marked 10 years since your premature passing; but we rejoice for your life and your ability to captivate the world through song and voice. You were the great-great granddaughter of freed slaves from Pensacola, Florida. And despite the original third verse of the National anthem declaring, “No refuge could save the hireling and slave from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,” you proudly represented your ancestors in Tampa, Florida in 1991 during the Persian Gulf War.
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