Episode 3 of Offbeat introduces Eugene Williams’ mission for the Black National Anthem

Offbeat, a podcast by The Diamondback, covers stories and features that are outside of typical news beats.

Meet Eugene Williams, the 78-year-old man from Clinton, Md. who’s on a mission: get college and professional basketball teams across the country to play “Lift Every Voice and Sing” alongside “The Star-Spangled Banner” before games. On February 4 — for just one game — Eugene accomplished his mission at the University of Maryland.

On this episode, we ask: When did the Maryland flag drop — one of our most valued sports traditions — start?

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