Black Legacy

The Raw-Cats

On 28 August 1963, Martin Luther King delivered his legendary speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington in which he stated that irrespective of colour, creed or ethnicity every human being is created equal. This oration became known as the, “I have a dream” speech and sadly nearly sixty years later in many respects it has remained precisely that, a dream. It is this fact that led to the emergence of the “Black Lives Matter” movement in 2013 and the repeat of the March on Washington in 2020.

Obviously, “Black Lives Matter” is primarily a socio-political statement, but nonetheless it can also be interpreted as possessing other connotations that relate to the contributions of gifted persons of colour to virtually every area of cultural life, whether this be art, cinema, dance, literature, theatre or verse, as exemplified to perfection by Amanda Gorman’s stunning poem “The Hill We Climb”.

However, there can be no doubt that above all black artists have given most to the musical world and it is also no exaggeration to say that without them music as we know it today would not exist. Therefore, with “Black Legacy”, we as “The Raw-Cats” have sought to pay a modest tribute, not only to the iconic figures mentioned in the lyrics, but also the many thousands of other black musicians both legendary or forgotten. For irrespective of their degree of fame, their lives possess equal value and along with those of every child on this planet, deserve the respect of us all.

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