Reflections from Amy Chatelaine, organizer of the benefit performance:
“This was a time to join our voices together in solidarity with the young people of the DRC affected by the ongoing conflict. Expressions of trauma and resilience were shared through music, dance, stories, and sculpture. We also heard stories from students of Let Africa Live, interspersed with a wide variety of beautiful music….
What of human connection? It often seems like we as a society are forgetting how we belong to one another, with the senseless genocides, exploitative wars, and an epidemic of gun violence. We find hope in the power of using our voices together, through our music and our stories, to remind us of our belonging, as an effort to physically re-member what has been torn apart.
To all those who took part in the performance – thank you for contributing your voice to this re-membering. The thoughtfulness and artistry you brought helped create a space for all those gathered to connect with one another and our brothers and sisters in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Thank you also to all who contributed items for the silent auction, those who purchased them, and all the others who helped in countless ways to make the benefit event a success!