Can’t Stop Cryin’ for America: Black Lives Matter!, a music work dedicated to victims of police brutality and hate crimes this past year, will feature local jazz pianist, Jon Jang, in collaboration with poet performer, Amanda Kemp. The piece will be organized into seven vignettes, named after each black victim group killed this past year.
While communities are experiencing an increasingly brutal law enforcement with no signs of slowing down as well as a steady rise of hate crimes, these seven high-profile cases and their startling facts only provoke the need for a solution to the epidemic of senseless violence in America…
ERIC GARNER was put in a chokehold for about 15 to 19 seconds during his arrest.
JOHN CRAWFORD III was holding a toy BB rifle when he was shot to death by police.
MICHAEL BROWN, an unarmed teenager, was shot to death by police in Ferguson, Missouri.
TAMIR RICE was 12 years old when he was shot by police. He later died at the hospital.
FREDDIE GRAY was unlawfully dragged to a police van by officers, while his legs were being bent backwards and his neck stepped on.
During the CHARLESTON CHURCH SHOOTING, nine church members were shot and killed during service by Dylann Roof, a White supremacist.
SANDRA BLAND was found hanged in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas. Prior to her death, reports state that Bland was repeatedly and unnecessarily tossed to the ground, during a traffic stop, by Officer Brian Encinia.
Paying homage to the Black Liberation Movement, the final vignette of the program, Five Young Black Men, will memorialize EMMETT TILL, OSCAR GRANT, TRAYVON MARTIN, JOHN POWELL, and MARIO WOODS.
Saturday May 21, 7:00pm
Gallery 308, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94123
$20 Advance, $25 Door
Reserved Table Seating
$25 Advance, $30 Door
Front Row Reserved Seating
$30 Advance, $35 Door