Janelle Monáe and African American Policy Forum publish “Say Her Name”
The African American Policy Forum (AAPF), Professor KimberlÃ© Crenshaw, eight-time GrammyÂ® nominee Janelle MonÃ¡e, Wondaland Records and 15 other black artists and activists released the single and lyric video for “Say Her Name” in the goal of providing the AAPF and the #SayHerName Mothers Network with the platform to tell their stories. The song is released ahead of International Day of the Girl on Sunday, September 26, 2021.
Following the murder of George Floyd and the murder of Breonna Taylor, Janelle was inspired to revisit this protest hymn for the social movement “Say Her Name” founded by KimberlÃ© Crenshaw which drew attention to women and girls black women whose deaths at the hands of the police were silenced.
The song pays homage to Rekia Boyd, Latasha Nicole Walton, Atatiana Jefferson, Kendra James, Priscilla Slater, Yuvette Henderson, Renee Davis, Kyam Livingston, Cynthia Fields, Kindra Chapman, India Kager, Shelly Frey, LaJuana Phillips, Kisha Michael, Dannette Daniels , Crystal Ragland, Pamela Turner, Latandra Ellington, Crystalline Barnes, Korryn Gaines, Michelle Cusseaux, India Cummings, Sandra Bland, Symone Marshall, Yvette Smith, Margaret Mitchell, Mya Hall, Tyisha Miller, Alesia Thomas, Kayla Moore, Alberta Spruill, Breonna Taylor, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Nizah Morris, LaTanya Haggerty, Layleen Polanco, Shereese Francis, Sheneque Proctor, April Webster, Kathryn Johnston, Michelle Shirley, India Beaty, Tanisha Anderson, Sandy Guardiola, Shukri Ali Said, Duanna Johnson, Eleanor Bumpurs, Jessica Williams, Sarah Riggins, Charleena Lyles, Sharmel Edwards, Deborah Danner, Joyce Curnell, Natasha McKenna, Darnesha Harris, Pearlie Golden, Miriam Carey and Tarika Wilson.
The 17-minute single features KimberlÃ© Crenshaw, Janelle MonÃ¡e, BeyoncÃ©, Alicia Keys, ChlÃ¶e x Halle, Tierra Whack, Isis V., ZoÃ« Kravitz, Brittany Howard, Asiahn, Mj Rodriguez, Jovian Zayne, Angela Rye, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Brittany Packnett Cunningham and Alicia Garza.
The African American Policy Forum, alongside the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School, founded the #SayHerName campaign in December 2014 to uplift the names and stories of black women, girls and women who have too often been invisible victims of police violence.
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Watch the video here: