Police Brutality, ferguson

Songs For The Movement: The Last Words of The 7 Unarmed

The Songs for the Movement section of N.A.H. houses selected protest songs for social justice from the past and the present.

Today’s entry in Songs for the Movement is “The Last Words of The 7 Unarmed”, composed by Joel Thompson.

Video Description:

“Based on the last spoken words of seven unarmed African-American men killed within the last few years when confronted by police. Joel Thompson was inspired by the #lastwordsproject and selected the words of these men to be represented by a slightly different style of music while capturing the poignancy of each of their statements by embracing the mood and context of when they spoke their last words.

1. November 19, 2011
“Officers, Why Do You Have Your Guns Out?” Kenneth Chamberlain, 66

2. February 26, 2012
“What are you following me for?”
Trayvon Martin, 17

3. February 4, 1999
“Mom, I’m going to college.”
Amadou Diallo, 23

4. August 9, 2014 –
“I don’t have a gun. Stop shooting.”
Michael Brown, 18

5. January 1, 2009
“You Shot Me. You Shot Me.”
Oscar Grant, 22

6. August 5, 2014
“It’s not real.”
John Crawford, 22

7. July 17, 2014
“I can’t breathe.” –
Eric Garner, 43″

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From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW



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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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