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Nov. 17, 2021

Folk, Hip-Hop, & Liberation: Protest Songs from Baltimore to Palestine

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On Wednesday, Nov. 17, we discussed protest music in the context of the Palestinian and African American historical struggles for human rights. Our panelists spoke about using songs and music to demand freedom and liberation for their people.

Panelists include:

- Ryan Harvey, folk singer, co-founder of the Riot-Folk Collective
- Kareem Samara, musician, composer, and sound artist
- Son of Nun, rapper, organizer, Black Marxist
- Josh Griffin, The Carter Center, moderator

Songs have the unique ability to become anthems for social change movements, galvanizing large groups of people to protest systems of oppression. Protest music can demand liberation from settler-colonial ideologies and governments. During this roundtable conversation, our panelists will discuss protest music in the context of the Palestinian and African American historical struggles for human rights. You'll learn from our panelists how they use their songs and music to demand freedom and liberation for their people.

* Please note, this roundtable will include videos that show violence and language that some may consider offensive. As these were conscious decisions by the artists in order to convey their messages of protest, they have not been censored. However, we recognize that this may be triggering or uncomfortable for viewers and wanted to highlight this potential concern so that individuals can make an informed decision before participating.

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You can see Son of Nun's "It's LIke That" video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maGAKE7nlLE

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Lowkey - Long Live Palestine video can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhEFrv-Xwtw&

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Lil Baby - "The Bigger Picture" can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK3PQ_KY_0s

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Dignity and Hope Fund is at https://dignityfund-baladna.com/

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