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Take a beat, take a breath, and think about Independence Day from another angle, from the idea that the United States won its freedom through active resistance, but that was only the beginning. Since that day in 1776, when the Continental Congress launched the Declaration of Independence into the world, we have continued to show up as a force for change, as a means to redress wrongs, as a way to push for needed change, and reject oppression here in our own country. With songs and poems selected and read out loud by the six members of the GWI team, this is a journey with the theme of resistance at its core.
What you heard:
- “History Reconsidered” by Clint Smith III
- “WHEREAS my eyes land on the shoreline” by Layli Long Soldier
- Excerpt from the essay “The Small Work in the Great Work” by the Rev. Victoria Safford, included in the essay collection “The Impossible Will Take A Little While”
- Juneteenth Spell by adrienne maree brown