— Busboys and Poets (@busboysandpoets) November 20, 2016
As a nation, our track record is far from idyllic.
In many ways, we’ve been a figurehead for hate – we’ve robbed, pilaged, raped, killed, and victimized the lives of others. iconoclasts
What’s worse is that the dark times of slavery, segregation, xenophobia, homophobia, racism, and genocide, are not behind us – they’ve merely been televised.
Of course, it is only fair to also acknowledge that our country is great for many reasons as well.
It has provided opportunities for many who may otherwise have a perilous existence in their home countries. It has opened the doors to alternative viewpoints and perspectives on the world. And it has helped improve the quality of life for millions.
Beyond the shadow cast by decades of pain, the most recent being the election of Donald Trump, many still have the audacity to be optimistic and hopeful for the future of our nation.
Solange, Angela Davis, Danny Glover and Ashley Judd are just a few influencers that will be standing together in solidarity for the event – which is coincidentally taking place on January 19th, just 1 day prior to Inauguration Day.
& who else better to provide some music therapy on the event than Ms. Seat at the Table herself? Her groundbreaking album articulated the feelings of POC and women alike, and will rightfully do so at the Peace Ball.
In direct contrast with many of the anti-Trump rallies that have flared throughout the nation in recent months, Peace Ball instead highlights something that seems to be lacking in the president elects’ methodology – love.
“The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.” – Howard Zinn
The recipe for the event is simple, food, booze, tunes, good vibes, and powerful people. Movers and shakers alike will all be in attendance, serving as voices of hope and resistance to the fear and hatred being perpetuated by the current political system.
“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.” – Howard Zinn
For those that were planning to get wasted into oblivion on inauguration day, instead tune into Solange’s expectedly epic performance at the Peace Ball and be reminded that you’re not alone, we’re all in this together.
I conclude this, or rather, open this up with a prayer from Rev. Neigel Bigpond of the Yuchi people:
“We stand in the gap for those who are unable or unwilling to forgive, and call upon the master of life to forgive us for harboring unforgiveness, resentment, hatred, bitterness and rage; We repent of every curse spoken over America by our ancestors and we release the power of forgiveness to bring healing and the peace of Creator God to this land. … not returning evil for the evil perpetuated against us, but on the contrary we choose to release a blessing, knowing that the father of us all has called us as his children to bless and not curse, that we may inherit a blessing.”