Protestors Unite Through Music

“Today after the ending of the convening as everyone was walking down the street CPD arrested a 14 yr old. While everyone was demanding his release an officer pepper sprayed the crowd and further escalated the situation. In unity and solidarity everyone was demanding that he be released, and we stayed and protested until they released him!”

Piffin, Blake. “Police harassment leads to crowds singing Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright”. YouTube 28 July 2015. Oct. 6, 2015.

Music is such a vital instrument to this movement. Especially when it comes to the Black Lives matter Movement. People are finding unity and solitude within the company of each other and music. Kendrick Lamar’s song has inspired people with his lyrics and music video.

“When you know, we been hurt, been down before, nigga
When my pride was low, lookin’ at the world like, “where do we go, nigga?”
And we hate Popo, wanna kill us dead in the street for sure, nigga
I’m at the preacher’s door
My knees gettin’ weak and my gun might blow but we gon’ be alright”

Statistics can be located anywhere but we all can agree that lately there have been a load of wrongful deaths by officers this year alone. African Americans are disproportionately killed and targeted by police and history is repeating itself. Slavery may be over but the Prison Industrial Complex is only getting started.

Photographers take pictures of Caron Carroll, 18, of Baltimore as he blocks an off ramp to rt 83 during the Black Lives Matter May Day Action Protest to show support for Freddie Gray and all arrested protesters, in Baltimore, Maryland, May 1, 2015. Baltimore City state's attorney Marilyn Mosby, announced earlier today that the death of Freddie Gray was a homicide and said the six arresting officers will be charged. Gray, 25, who was arrested on April 12, died a week later in the hospital from spinal cord injury he received while in police custody. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
Photographers take pictures of Caron Carroll, 18, of Baltimore as he blocks an off ramp to rt 83 during the Black Lives Matter May Day Action Protest to show support for Freddie Gray and all arrested protesters, in Baltimore, Maryland, May 1, 2015. Baltimore City state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby, announced earlier today that the death of Freddie Gray was a homicide and said the six arresting officers will be charged. Gray, 25, who was arrested on April 12, died a week later in the hospital from spinal cord injury he received while in police custody. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI

I feel the photo above gives a visual of the impact we have as individuals.

Flashback: The Heart of the Community

This is a great article discussing what it is like to come to California as a slave and how the Gold Rush initiated change. Take a look!

http://www.sacmag.com/Sacramento-Magazine/February-2007/The-Heart-of-a-Community/

Citations
Demas, Marilyn. “Flashback: The Heart of a Community.” – Sacramento Magazine. Sacramento Media, 18 Jan. 2015. Web. 07 Oct. 2015.