We gather here tonight, not just as spectators of a musical performance, but as a community united by a shared commitment to addressing pressing societal issues. It is with a determined spirit and a deep sense of purpose that we come together to shed light on the realities of racial inequality and the criminal justice system, a matter first brought to the forefront of my consciousness by an incident I personally experienced one morning in Asheville, NC.
On that morning, I found myself approached by a police officer as I was on my way to retrieve personal items from my car. The encounter was marked by questions and requests for identification, leaving me bewildered and embarrassed. I want to emphasize that I had committed no wrongdoing; it was painfully evident that my only "offense" was the color of my skin.
Regrettably, such interactions with police are not isolated occurrences; they happen daily across our society, often with more tragic consequences. As I delved deeper into the history and evolution of our so-called "criminal justice" system, I recognized an opportunity to amplify voices and share perspectives that illuminate the deep-seated inequalities disproportionately affecting members of our community.
As you lend your ears to the stories and insights we present here tonight, I implore you to be inspired to delve further into the complexities of these systems and consider how you might contribute to the healing and protection of our neighbors. It is through understanding and solidarity that we can effect change.
This evening, we are honored to be joined by representatives of Black Lives Matter Grassroots, who will share their perspectives and initiatives. We invite you to connect with them and learn more about their crucial work following the concert. Our heartfelt gratitude also extends to our dedicated Board members, our exceptional soloists, and our guest musicians, all of whom have generously contributed their talents and spirits to convey this important message through music.
A special note of appreciation goes out to the remarkable singers of Tonality, who have consistently shared their musical gifts and their personal humanity in a way that is both beautiful and impactful.
In closing, we thank you for your willingness to engage with these vital topics of criminal justice and radical acceptance. May this evening be one of enlightenment, hope, and healing. We eagerly anticipate sharing this transformative space with you.
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