George Floyd’s murder struck all of us to the core of our being. This murder was not an isolated event, but rather a violent act preceded by four centuries of brutal oppression of African Americans in the United States. We grieve for the Floyd family and for the countless Black families who have suffered the tragic and unjust loss of their loved ones. We unite in solidarity with people from around the globe who call for an end to blatant racial injustice. Its pervasive culture is reflected in the systemic inequity and white privilege embedded within our community and in our own organization.
Since its founding in 1972, the Minnesota Chorale has collaborated with professional orchestras in performance and recordings. The heart of our independent activity has focused on educational programming and artistic partnerships with individuals and organizations that represent the diversity of the Twin Cities. While we value equity and inclusion, we have not fully engaged in the critical work of dismantling the barriers that inhibit the cultivation of shared trust, transformative collaboration, and mutual gain when working with our artistic partners.
We know that actions speak louder than words. Today, we at the Minnesota Chorale commit to building a more inclusive and antiracist organization. We will equip ourselves with the tools and knowledge necessary to adopt new practices in our programming and administration. We will invite difficult conversations and listen deeply. We will amplify the voices and work of artists of color, using our platform and resources to support meaningful change in our singing community.
The Minnesota Chorale is at the beginning of a significant and essential journey. We can no longer remain silent in the face of the killings of Black people, including George Floyd, Jamar Clark, and Philando Castile. Today, we join the call for justice, and pledge to use our voices to further social change as we work and sing together toward a more inclusive and equitable future.
Kathy Saltzman Romey
President, Board of Directors
on behalf of the board, staff, and singers of the Minnesota Chorale and our family of choirs
Please join us in supporting these organizations, which are raising funds to assist in the rebuilding of small locally-owned businesses that were damaged or destroyed in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.
The Minnesota Chorale has had the privilege of singing under Dr. B. Charvez Russell in recent collaborations with the Minnesota State Baptist Convention Choir, Treasures Youth Choir, 29:11, and Minneapolis College, and with the Minnesota Orchestra as an Artistic Partner in their Common Chords program.
Dr. Russell is the Executive Director of the K-8 Friendship Academy of the Arts, 2600 East 38th Street in Minneapolis. The school is currently serving as a food distribution and collection site and in need of monetary donations, food, and household items to address the ever growing need in the community. Donations of tangible goods are accepted at the school Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monetary donations can be made online by clicking here.
A core value of Dr. Russell and the Minnesota State Baptist Convention Choir is that "We are better together". We urge you to support Dr. Russell and the Friendship Academy of the Arts in their work to aid and serve the greater community.
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