Black History Month is a time to promote and honor the strengths, accomplishments, creativity, and virtuosity of Twin Cities’ Black youth and youth of color. The gifts, talents, and perspectives of youth have always been prominently showcased and recognized. This year is no different, as we will continue to celebrate our youth by emphasizing their ability to overcome adversity through art and music as both creative and cultural forms of expression.
Greater Twin Cities United Way was proud to participate in this year’s Black History Month Celebration event Lift Every Voice and Sing: A Celebration of Black Music at the High School For Recording Arts in St. Paul. During this event, we explored music as a historical tool for healing and organizing in the black community. We honored the hymns, gospels, and songs of the past and present through musical performances from the Twin Cities’ most notable artists of today including Jovonta Patton, Ashley Dubose, and Mac Irv. In addition to dynamic performances from both the artists and youth from the community, we produced a music project to give away at the event.
As a sponsor, United Way was honored to be part of an event that inspired an audience of young people, convened community members, and gathered community partners to celebrate Black History Month through the arts and music.