First and foremost, Threads Dance Project sends thoughts and prayers to George Floyd’s family and friends who will never again have an opportunity to be with him. We support all of those seeking justice and equity for George Floyd and all those whose lives seem to be less valued and whose voices are ignored.
Since its inception, Threads has sought to live on the precipice of human justice. To tell the stories of humanity whilst advocating for justice and equity for all. We stand with the Black community as they mourn yet another senseless death and advocate for justice. The expansiveness of the protests signifies a historical demarcation where we must not look back and say, yet again, nothing has changed. The racism, inequities and injustices that caused the death of George Floyd and the numerous others is not just a Black problem, it is everyone’s problem and it will take all of us to solve it.
We must all commit to advocating through our words, our actions and our art. That advocacy will look different for each of us, but we must commit to the struggle.
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” ― Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass: Selected Speeches and Writings
Photo: Dancer Germaine Lindsey in "Secrets of Slave Songs." Photographer: Alice Gebura