On That Note…

From Markus Grae-Hauck, Director of Music Ministries

Black Lives Matter.

George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery.

Three lives lost to racism. Horrific deaths, and yet they are only the tip of a very large iceberg that we have not yet, collectively, acknowledged.

We are not on a collision course. We already hit the iceberg, a long time ago. The ship of our society is taking on water at a rapid rate, but the fact that (as always) the people in steerage are the ones impacted first and foremost has afforded those of us on the upper deck the luxury of pretending that we are not sinking – or if we are indeed sinking (because that reality is getting harder to deny every day), that somehow there will be enough lifeboats at least for us who have first-class tickets, that we can make it out alive while others are drowning.

It is not so. 

We are all in this together. We either face the history, acknowledge the guilt and shame, and start making amends – or we all go down.

Black Lives Matter.

Here is the playlist from our Soulful Sundown on Friday, June 12, 2020:

· “I’ll Rise” – text by Maya Angelou, music by Ben Harper  (www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vgzdkZe4ig)

· “I Just Wanna Live” – Keedron Bryant (www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIuSLBX74Ac)

· “A Dedication” – LEA (www.youtube.com/watch?v=889FV4gpXIA)

· “Resist” – Rev. Sekou ( www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS7UJzEGb4E)

· Montclair Unity Walk – Juliana Cardoso (vimeo.com/426838423)

· “Black Lives Matter” – Dax (www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2o15RCtSS0)

· “Amen/We Shall Overcome” – Shades (www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQmgt8qNKD8)