The Broadway Advocacy Coalition is firmly committed to creating a public platform that connects leaders in the arts, higher education and government into conversations that promote critical change in our country.
We aim to Engage, Enlighten and Empower ourselves and our National Neighbors.
Our standard American education teaches us that voting is the best way to be heard. As early as 6th grade, we line up to vote for student body president to identify someone to represent our ideas and our best interest. What kind of political participants would we have grown to be, if in 6th grade, we were informed of our roles as participants through our art, our movement or spoken word?
Some may argue that our political structures do not allow everyone to be heard. But we’ve learned through artist like, Harry Belafonte, Nina SImone, Bob Dylan, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley etc., that art has a unique ability to connect to the people and shift the trajectory of a continual injustice. Art is a crucial pillar in the movement for social change. It gives hope to marginalized group of people to imagine a different possibility. Marvin Gayes What’s Going On was a direct response to police criminality, the Vietnam War and greed in America’s late 1960s. What makes BAC unique. High level of talent with resources to impact change and a commitment to long-term collaboration with community artists, policy makers, law students, opinion leaders, focused on both specific issues and broader culture change.
Empower. We can do this.
To great success, The African-American Civil RIghts movement intended to end racial segregation in this Country. 1960. U.S. police have killed at least 194 black people in 2016, according to a project by The Guardian that tracks police killings in America. In response to these senseless deaths, The Black Lives Matter Movement and several other organizations around this country have rooted themselves as advocates for aggressively promoting the value of Black Lives. It’s our duty to reinstate these values and civil actions into our neighborhoods, our work environments, our schools, and the minds of people in positions of power. What does it look like when we ALL become ACTIVE participants in a movement towards radical change in our system? How many informed participants does it take to apply the right amount of political pressure to see a diffenence in our relationships between the police, our prison and education system and our levels of empathy?