New York, NY – It’s been 50 years since U.S. Olympian Tommie Smith raised his fist in protest against worldwide racism after winning a Gold medal in the 200-meter sprint event.
There is power in protest. Today is the 50th anniversary of the salute heard around the world. Honored to join @TIDAL’s justice reform efforts at #TIDALXBrooklyn where we salute hero #TommieSmith. 10/23 Concert for a cause: https://t.co/66wmfqprj7 pic.twitter.com/3s2CFYpbQg
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) October 16, 2018
“We are privileged to have Tommie, Ava, Van, and all the artist’s support for this special night to shed light on criminal justice reform during a such a divisive time in our country,” TIDAL’s VP Artist Relation Jason Kpana said in a press release. “TIDAL X: Brooklyn will be a powerful evening and we’re proud to use our platform and voice to amplify this conversation to evoke change.”
Announcing additional #TIDALXBrooklyn artists: Lil Kim, Tom Morello, and Jon Batiste.
— TIDAL (@TIDAL) October 12, 2018
All ticket profits will go towards support for criminal justice reform non-profit organizations such as #Cut50, Equal Justice Initiative and Innocence Project and REFORM.
This one of many benefit concerts, TIDAL has put on. So far, they have raised over $10 million for social justice, disaster relief & recovery, and education causes.