The Roots, Common, Usher To Perform Memorial Concert For Lynching Victims
The Roots, Common, Usher and others will perform at a concert in Montgomery, Alabama to commemorate the opening of a memorial to victims of lynching.
The Roots, Common, Usher and others will perform at a concert to celebrate the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. The memorial will pay tribute and honor the African American victims of lynching. Other performers include Gary Clark, Jr., Brittany Howard, Kirk Franklin and others, yet to be announced, and will take place at the Riverwalk Amphitheater on April 27.
Organized by the Equal Justice Initiative, there will also be a two-day summit centered around the opening, beginning April 26 and will include a grand opening ceremony at the Montgomery Convention Center. The two-day summit will also feature appearances by BeBe Winans, Congressman John Lewis, Ava DuVernay, Gloria Steinem, Al Gore and Common.
The memorial itself will be located on a hill overlooking Montgomery. It will be the first national memorial to pay tribute to the black-and-brown victims of racial terror in the United States. The Equal Justice Initiative documented more than 4,000 instances of terror where black-and-brown men, women and children were hanged, burned, shot, drowned and / or beaten to death by white lynch mobs between 1877 and 1950.
“There is still so much to be done in this country to recover from our history of racial inequality,” EJI Executive Director Bryan Stevenson said, according to WSFA. “I’m hopeful that sites like the ones we are building and conversations like the ones we are organizing will empower and inspire people to have the courage to create a more just and healthy future.”
SOURCE: WSFA-12 NBC