Tod Benjamin is an American singer-songwriter, best known for his emotive and deeply personal music. Born and raised in Kentucky, Tod began playing music at a young age and has since established himself as a respected and influential artist in the Americana genre. His music often explores themes of mental health, addiction, and the human condition, drawing on his own struggles with bipolar disorder and addiction to create powerful and moving songs.
In today’s world, where mental health is an increasingly important topic, it is refreshing to see musicians such as Benjamin Tod using their platform to bring attention to these issues. Tod’s recent song, which he dedicates to the memory of Luke Bell, is a powerful and moving tribute that tackles themes of mental health, addiction, and nihilism.
Judging the quality of a song, but it is clear that this track has resonated with many listeners. The lyrics are deeply personal and reveal Tod’s struggles with bipolar disorder and addiction, as well as his ongoing battle with self-doubt and anxiety.
What is particularly noteworthy about Tod’s message is that it is not just relevant to those who struggle with mental health issues. He also highlights the broader societal issues that we all face, including the battle between good and evil and the challenge of maintaining a sense of righteousness in an increasingly complex world.
It is heartening to see artists such as Benjamin Tod using their creativity to address important issues such as mental health, addiction, and nihilism. These are topics that have historically been taboo, but are now increasingly being brought to the forefront of public discourse. By shining a light on these issues, Tod is helping to break down the stigma that surrounds mental health and encouraging more people to speak openly about their struggles.
I believe that Tod’s work deserves recognition for the important message it conveys. It is an example of how music can be a powerful tool for social change, and how artists can use their platform to raise awareness and inspire action.
In conclusion, Benjamin Tod’s recent song is a powerful tribute to the memory of Luke Bell, and a testament to the power of music to address important social issues. By using his platform to raise awareness of mental health, addiction, and nihilism, Tod is helping to break down barriers and encourage more open dialogue on these important topics. It is my hope that more musicians will follow in his footsteps and use their art to effect positive change in the world.
“This song in a lot of ways is about my never ending struggle with bipolar disorder and addiction. It also encompasses a battle with delusions everyone seems to live with. In that I believe it is relatable to most people who have self doubt, anxiety, depression and manic tendencies.
In the back of my mind there is always that underlying question of whether this life is worth it. There is always an unsureness of whether we are winning the war as a human race. Our better angels seem to believe that we are and that good can prevail through the suffering and turmoil. Our demons insist that the battle is already lost and that the determination of evil historically will prevail.
Nihilism is a dangerous drug and it consumes many corners of our society. It is ungrateful, resentful and it is always the easier path. Righteousness is nuanced, appreciative and requires real wisdom in order to balance the axis of justice and mercy. Righteousness requires a ton of work and often a little bit of luck to prevail.
Sometimes fate plays its hand and we lose even with the best of intentions. Sometimes there are no answers or solutions for the tragedy of life. I have for most of my time here allowed that darkness to devour me and it almost won. I am very fortunate to be here and I don’t take that responsibility lightly.
We must stand and fight. We must, begrudgingly at times, believe in an ideal vision for humanity. This life may be sad, but it is always beautiful.
I dedicate this song to the memory of Luke Bell.”
Here are a few songs by Tod Benjamin that showcase his emotive and honest voice in the Americana genre:
“Using Again” “I Will Do the Breathing”
“Taking It as It Comes” “The Last Thing We Do” “Still On Fire”
“Old Wounds” “Wild Rose” “Long Gone” “Keep Coming Back” “The Mountain” These songs touch on themes of addiction, mental health, and the complexities of the human experience, all of which are common themes in Tod Benjamin’s music.
Remember, life is full of challenges and struggles. We all have our own battles to fight, whether they are internal or external. But we must never lose hope or give up on ourselves. We must believe in our own strength and resilience, and have faith that we can overcome even the toughest of obstacles. Tod Benjamin’s music reminds us that it’s okay to feel vulnerable and to embrace our emotions. It’s through this honesty that we find healing and the courage to keep going. So keep fighting, keep pushing forward, and never give up on yourself. You are stronger than you know.
Other artists with unique voices and approach to Americana music, but share a commitment to honest and emotive storytelling.
Justin Townes Earle
All of these artists have a unique voice and approach to Americana music, but share a commitment to honest and emotive storytelling.
Steel Pulse are a roots reggae band from the Handsworth area of Birmingham, England. They originally formed at Handsworth Wood Boys School, and were composed of David Hinds (lead vocals, guitar), Basil Gabbidon (lead guitar, vocals), and Ronald McQueen (bass); along with Basil’s brother Colin briefly on drums and Mykaell Riley (vocals, percussion). Steel Pulse were the first non-Jamaican act to win the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.
Island Records era (1977–1980)
Island Records era (1977–1980) Their first release for Island was the “Ku Klux Klan” single, a tilt at the evils of racism, and one often accompanied by a visual parody of the sect on stage. By this time their ranks had swelled to include Selwyn Brown (keyboards), Steve “Grizzly” Nisbett (drums), Alphonso Martin (vocals, percussion) and Mykaell Riley (vocals). Their debut album, Handsworth Revolution (recorded in 1977 and released in early 1978), was part the evolution of roots reggae outside Jamaica. However, despite critical and moderate commercial success over three albums, the relationship with Island Records had soured by the advent of their third album, Caught You (released in the US as Reggae Fever).
The band made their US concert debut at the Mudd Club in New York in 1980.
Tom Terrell, who would later serve as their manager, was instrumental in masterminding a Steel Pulse concert on the night of Bob Marley’s funeral, which was broadcast live around the world from the 9:30 Club, 930 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., on 21 May 1981.
True Democracy (1982) Earth Crisis (1984)
State of Emergency (1988) Victims (1991) Vex (1994) Rage and Fury (1997) African Holocaust (2004) Mass Manipulation (2019) Grammy Award Nominee – Best Reggae Album Live albums Rastafari Centennial – Live in Paris (Elysee Montmartre) (1992) Living Legacy (1998) Compilation albums Reggae Greats (1984) Smash Hits (1993) Rastanthology (1996)
Ultimate Collection (2000) 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Steel Pulse (2004) Rastanthology II: The Sequel (2006) Love This Reggae Music: 1975–2015 (2016) Compilation appearances Short Circuit: Live at the Electric Circus (1977) (one track – Makka Splaff) Hope & Anchor Front Row Festival (1978) (one track – Sound Check) Urgh! A Music War (1981) Filmography Live from the Archives (1992) Introspective (2005) Singles “Kibudu Mansatta Abuku” (1976) “Nyah Luv” (1977) “Ku Klux Klan” (1978) “Prodigal Son” (1978) “Prediction” (1978) “Sound System” (1979) “Reggae Fever” (1980) “Don’t Give In” (1980) “Ravers” (1982) “Your House” (1982) “Steppin’ Out” (1984) “Reaching Out” (1988)
“Taxi Driver” (1993) “Bootstraps” (1994) “Brown Eyed Girl” (1996) “Global Warning” (2004) “No More Weapons” (2004) “Door of No Return” (2007) “Put Your Hoodies On [4 Trayvon]” (2014) “Stop You Coming and Come” (2018)
In a 2013 interview with Midnight Raver, David Hinds indicated that a new studio album and documentary, tentatively titled Steel Pulse: The Definitive Story, would be released in 2014. However, on 10 July 2014 Midnight Raver reported that, according to Hinds, both the studio album and documentary will be delayed until at least 2015.
In anticipation of a new Steel Pulse album, the Roots Reggae Library has indexed two compilation albums of the latest Steel Pulse singles. The albums are called Positivity and Jah Way, both named after tracks on the albums.
In October 2018, Steel Pulse announced their new album, the first in 14 years, Mass Manipulation, was released on Rootfire Cooperative a non-traditional label that provides interest-free loans and label services to independent musicians. The single “Stop You Coming and Come” was released on 7 December. The album was nominated for the 2020 Grammy Awards.
Awards and nominations A Grammy award was awarded for their 1986 album Babylon the Bandit. Steel Pulse has received nominations for Victims (1991), Rastafari Centennial (1992), Rage and Fury (1998), and Living Legacy (2000). and Mass Manipulation (2019).
David Hallyday Move No Lp Maxi 45T Vinyle Ex Cover Ex Original 1988 EUR 29,00 Buy It Now, FREE Shipping, 30-Day Returns, Garantie client eBay Seller: Top-Rated Seller imediaprod (1.213) 100%, Location: Rousset, FR, Ships to: AMERICAS, EUROPE, ASIA, Item: 203677005460 DAVID HALLYDAY MOVE NO LP MAXI 45T VINYLE EX COVER EX ORIGINAL 1988. A Move (Dance Mix) 6:55. B1 Move (Single Mix) 3:52. Format: Vinyle, 12″, 45 RPM. Sortie: 1988. Style: Power Pop. Condition: Occasion, Condition: Disque et pochette en EX état., Vitesse: 33 tours, Artiste: David Hallyday, Genre: Rock, Compilation: Oui, Sous-genre: Pop rock, Format: 30 cm, Type: LP, EAN: 042287028711
(1980) – Rec. in Frankfurt-Walldorf. Clarinet, Arranged By [Orchestra], Conductor – Heinz Schönberger Bass – Eberhard Leibling Drums – Kurt Bong Guitar – Horst Althoff, Werner Vetterer Keyboards – Louis Freichel Saxophone – Dominique Chanson, Harry Petersen, John Oslawski, Manfred Lindner, Wilson De Oliveira Trombone – Gerhard Heller, Helmut Henne, Peter Grützner, Richard Bergmann, Torolf Kristensen Trumpet – Alex Malempré, Conny Jackel*, Dieter Grünewald, Lutz Kraft Engineer [Recording] – Torsten Wintermeier, Producer – Michael Wilke
IN TUA NUA Take My Hand (Scarce 1984 UK 3-track 12″, A-side is co-written with Sinead O’Connor! Also includes Coming Thru and Fire In My Heart, housed in a gatefold picture sleeve and also includes a 3-page press release. The sleeve has some minor storeage marks but the vinyl is superb 12IS211)
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Take My Hand
Fire In My Heart Artist – In Tua Nua (click link for complete listing) Title – Take My Hand (click link for more of the same title) Year of Release – 1984 Format – 12″ vinyl single (12 inch record / Maxi-single) Record Label – Island
(1982 UK 20-track promotional vinyl compilation LP including Stardust, The More I See You, Autumn Leaves, Love Is A Many Splendored Thing and more. With plain red labels and housed in a wraparound card proof picture sleeve EMTV35).
Ella Fitzgerald(Vinyl LP)Golden Greats-MCA-MCM5009-UK-1985-Ex/NM
Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996) was an American jazz singer, sometimes referred to as the “First Lady of Song”, “Queen of Jazz”, … Years active: 1929–1995 Genres: Jazz; swing; bebop; traditional pop; bl… Instruments: Vocals Labels: Decca; Verve; Capitol; Reprise; Pablo
Mary Lou Williams (born Mary Elfrieda Scruggs; May 8, 1910 – May 28, 1981) was an American jazz pianist, arranger, and composer. She wrote hundreds of compositions and arrangements and recorded more than one hundred records (in 78, 45, and LP versions). Williams wrote and arranged for Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, and she was friend, mentor, and teacher to Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Tadd Dameron, Bud Powell, and Dizzy Gillespie.
In 1922, at the age of 12, she went on the Orpheum Circuit of theaters. During the following year she played with Duke Ellington and his early small band, the Washingtonians. One morning at three o’clock, she was playing with McKinney’s Cotton Pickers at Harlem’s Rhythm Club. Louis Armstrong entered the room and paused to listen to her. Williams shyly told what happened: “Louis picked me up and kissed me.
In 1942, Williams left the Twelve Clouds of Joy, returning to Pittsburgh. She was joined there by her bandmate Harold “Shorty” Baker, with whom she formed a six-piece ensemble that included Art Blakey on drums. After getting engaged in Cleveland, Baker left to join Duke Ellington’s orchestra. Williams joined the band in New York City, and they traveled to Baltimore to be married. She traveled with Ellington and helped arrange several tunes for him, including “Trumpet No End” (1946), her version of “Blue Skies” by Irving Berlin.
Mary Lou Williams was an African American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger who wrote hundreds of compositions and arrangements and recorded over one hundred records. Williams was born as Mary Elfireda Scruggs on May 8, 1910 in Atlanta, Georgia, but grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
After her hiatus, her first piece was a Mass that she wrote and performed named Black Christ of the Andes (1963). Two short works, Anima Christi and Praise the Lord, were also released during this time. Williams made great efforts to perform his work in collaboration with the Youth Choir, including the “Mass of Mary Lou” held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City in April 1975. The jazz musician played at the church for the first time. She established a charitable organization and opened thrift stores in Harlem, directing the proceeds, along with ten percent of her own earnings, to musicians in need. As a 1964 Time article explained, “Mary Lou thinks of herself as a soul musician — a way of saying that she never strays far from melody and the blues, but deals sparingly in gospel harmony and rhythm. “I pray with my fingers when I play,” she says. I achieve a good “soul sound” by touching people’s souls.
In the 1980 novel A Confederacy of Dunces, Ignatius Reilly contemplates praying to Martin for aid in bringing social justice to the black workers at the New Orleans factory where he works. And in music, the first track of jazz pianist Mary Lou Williams’s album Black Christ of the Andes is titled “St. Martin De Porres”.
There are several Spanish and Mexican works regarding his life in cinema and television, starring Cuban actor Rene Muñoz, most of them referring to his mixed race, his miracles and his life of humility. The best known movies are Fray Escoba (Friar Broom) (1963) and Un mulato llamado Martin (A mulatto called Martin) (1975).
They say it wont for us again but they gonna wonder how it worked
Born Allan Harris in Portland, Jamaica, Jerry has since the age of 14 devoted his life to music. He was influenced by the life and playing style of his father who was a professional jazz and calypso musician on the hotel circuit in Jamaica.
The name Jerry was given to him by musican friends. They felt that Allan had a similar style to guitarist “Jah Jerry” of the Skatalites fame. His first regular gig as a guitarist/backing vocalist came in 1972 when he played with The Young.
Confusion, Accusation & Disaster its spreading all over the world!
His first regular gig as a guitarist/backing vocalist came in 1972 when he played with The Young Experience Band for 4 nights a week at Port Antonio Hotel and night club. From there, the band spent the next two years performing live concerts with artist such as U-Roy, Toots & The Maytals, and the Heptones.U-Roy Also in the band was Jerry’s friend, Junior Murvin who would later become famous for the classic “Police And Thieves.”
With this experience firmly under his belt, Jerry wanted to further his musical talents by performing solo with his own compositions. His first album I’m For You was released by Wackies Records. He continued to write, play, and arrange his own music which eventually lead him to produce the classic Spreading All Over album in 1987. Then came Rock This Session in 1990, Smile And Be Happy in 1991, all of which were released by Alpha Enterprise based in Japan.
Compuesto por el cubano Moisés Simón Rodríguez, conocido también como Moisés Simons, compositor, pianista y director de orquesta. Esta canción fue interpretada y popularizada por el Trio Calaveras.
Carlos Di Sarli – Louis Amstrong – El Choclo – Kiss of fire
“El Choclo”, de Ángel Villoldo, con otro nombre y otros autores, más de 50 años después de ser compuesto y estrenado en Buenos Aires.
Victor Buchino – Copacabana (1966)
Provided to YouTube by La Cupula Music SL Ay Mamá Inés · Eliseo Grenet Música Tradicional Cubana Vol. 2
Antonio Carlos Jobim ‘LIVE’ in Germany. Many thanks to a friend in Germany for providing the DVD which includes the live performances of Astrud Gilberto.
Listen ad-free with YouTube Premium Song Peter Gunn Artist Henry Mancini & His Orchestra Writers Henry Mancini Licensed to YouTube by SME (on behalf of RCA Camden); CMRRA, Spirit Music Publishing, UNIAO BRASILEIRA DE EDITORAS DE MUSICA – UBEM, Sony ATV Publishing, Latin Autor – UMPG, UMPI, LatinAutorPerf, ASCAP, and 8 Music Rights Societies
John Barry – Born Free – Main Title
Loewe: With a little bit of luck [My Fair Lady] · Bryn Terfel · Chorus Of Opera North · Martin Fitzpatrick · English Northern Philharmonia · Paul Daniel Bryn Terfel – If Ever I Would Leave You
The b side to The Wayward Wind, Gunsmoke was an American western series first broadcast on radio (1952-1961) and later on tv (1955-1975) James Arness (Matt Dillon) and Milburn Stone (Doc Adams) appeared
Long Ago [and Far Away] by Jerome Kern – lyrics by Ira Gershwin. Chills run up and down my spine .
Nat King Cole with Woody Herman recorded in 1949. My Baby Just Cares for Me is a song written by Walter Donaldson with lyrics by Gus Kahn from the 1928 Musical Whoopee
Flamingo · Wynton Marsalis
Standard Time Vol. 3: The Resolution Of Romance
℗ 1990 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Released on: 1990-05-15
Producer: Delfeayo Marsalis Composer, Lyricist: Ted Grouya Drums: Herlin Riley Composer, Lyricist: Ed Anderson Unknown: Meean-Cheem Ustoo Piano: Ellis Marsalis Unknown: Peter Doell Assistant Engineer: Sandy Palmer Mixing Engineer: Tim Gleelan Bass: Reginald Veal Recording Engineer: Patrick S
Tommy Dorsey – I’m Getting Sentimental Over You
South Sea Island Magic – Bing Crosby
Benny Goodman- Let’s Dance
John Coltrane – Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise
Across the Sea · Dick Mahi and his Hawaiian Paradise Orchestra · Ernest Kaai · Ray Kinney · Johnny
Bert Kaempfert – Blue Midnight (1964)
Goin’ Out Of My Head- Little Anthony & The Imperials 33 rpm!
FRANK SINATRA Strangers In The Night
Riz Ortolani – More (Theme from Mondo Cane)
“Humanism is the only, and I would go so far as to say, the final resistance we have against the inhuman practices and injustices that disfigure human history.” –Edward W. Said
The Seekers – A World of our Own (1965 – HQ Stereo)
Fannie Lou Hamer: A Civil Rights Heroine and Her Journey Through Music
Fannie Lou Hamer was an American voting and women’s rights activist, community organizer, and leader in the civil rights movement. Born in 1917 in Montgomery County, Mississippi, Hamer was the youngest of 20 children and grew up in a family of sharecroppers. Despite the challenges and obstacles she faced growing up in the segregated South, Hamer became a powerful voice for change and a key figure in the fight for civil rights.
Hamer’s activism began in earnest in the early 1960s, when she attended a voter registration meeting organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Inspired by what she saw and heard, Hamer began working to register African Americans to vote in Mississippi, a state where voter suppression tactics were rampant. Her efforts were met with hostility, and she was arrested, beaten, and subjected to other forms of violence and intimidation.
Despite these challenges, Hamer remained committed to the cause of civil rights and became an influential figure in the movement. In 1964, she co-founded the Freedom Democratic Party, which aimed to challenge the all-white delegation from Mississippi at the Democratic National Convention. Hamer spoke passionately at the convention, calling for an end to racial discrimination and segregation, and her speech was widely broadcast and heard by millions of Americans.
But Hamer’s influence extended beyond the realm of politics and activism. She was also a talented musician and singer, and music played an important role in her life and work. Hamer often sang spirituals and hymns at rallies and meetings, using music as a way to inspire and uplift those around her. One of her favorite songs was “I’m Going Down to the River of Jordan,” a powerful spiritual that speaks to the hope and faith that sustained Hamer throughout her life.
Hamer’s love of music was not just a personal passion, however. She recognized the power of music to bring people together and to inspire social change. As she once said, “Music is the heart of the struggle. It’s what keeps us going, it’s what gives us strength.”
In recognition of her many contributions to the civil rights movement and to American society as a whole, Hamer was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993. Her legacy lives on today, both in the ongoing fight for civil rights and in the music that she loved and used to inspire others.
In conclusion, Fannie Lou Hamer was a true heroine of the civil rights movement, whose legacy continues to inspire and empower people today. Her love of music and her use of it as a tool for change serve as a powerful reminder of the important role that art and culture can play in social movements. As we continue to work towards a more just and equitable society, we can look to Hamer’s example and be reminded of the power of music to bring people together and to inspire change.
Fannie Lou Hamer was known for her powerful singing voice and often used music as a tool to inspire and motivate people in the civil rights movement. Some of her most famous songs include:
“This Little Light of Mine” – a gospel hymn that Hamer often sang at rallies and meetings.
“We Shall Not Be Moved” – a civil rights anthem that became a symbol of the struggle for equality.
“Go Tell It on the Mountain” – a traditional spiritual that Hamer put her own stamp on with her powerful voice.
“Oh Freedom” – another popular civil rights song that Hamer often sang with her fellow activists.
“Woke Up This Morning (With My Mind Stayed on Freedom)” – a spiritual that became a popular protest song during the civil rights movement.
These songs, along with many others, helped to galvanize the civil rights movement and inspire people to keep fighting for justice and equality. Today, they serve as a reminder of the important role that music can play in social movements and the power that one person’s voice can have in shaping history.
You can find pictures of Fannie Lou Hamer online by doing a simple search on Google Images or other search engines. You can also find photographs of her in books about the civil rights movement or in online archives and databases that feature historical photos. Some reputable sources for finding pictures of Fannie Lou Hamer include the National Archives and Records Administration, the Library of Congress, and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Additionally, many museums and cultural institutions may have exhibits or collections featuring photographs of Hamer and other civil rights activists.
FACTS ABOUT FANNIE LOU HAMER
Fannie Lou Hamer was the youngest of 20 children born to sharecroppers in Mississippi.
She left school at the age of 12 to work in the fields, but later returned to school as an adult to complete her education.
Hamer became a civil rights activist after attending a meeting where she heard civil rights leaders speak about voting rights.
She was known for her powerful speeches and testimony, including her famous “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired” speech at the 1964 Democratic National Convention.
Hamer was a co-founder of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, which challenged the all-white Mississippi delegation at the 1964 Democratic National Convention.
She worked tirelessly to register Black voters in Mississippi and faced significant opposition and violence from white supremacists.
Hamer was a member of the National Women’s Political Caucus and worked to promote women’s rights and equality.
She was posthumously inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993.
Hamer’s legacy continues to inspire and influence activists today, and she is remembered as a courageous and fearless leader in the fight for civil rights and social justice.
In conclusion, Fannie Lou Hamer was a remarkable woman whose tireless work and dedication to the civil rights movement has inspired and influenced countless activists and leaders today. Despite facing significant opposition and violence, she remained steadfast in her commitment to equality and justice for all people. Her legacy serves as a reminder that the fight for civil rights and social justice is ongoing, and that it is up to each and every one of us to continue the work that she and so many others started.
As we reflect on Fannie Lou Hamer’s life and legacy, we should be motivated to take action and stand up for what is right. We must continue to fight for voting rights, women’s rights, and racial equality, and we must do so with the same courage and determination that Fannie Lou Hamer embodied. Let us honor her memory by working to create a more just and equitable society, and by never giving up in the face of adversity.
Fannie Lou Hamer’s story shows us that one person can make a difference, and that our actions, no matter how small, can have a profound impact on the world around us. We should all strive to be like Fannie Lou Hamer, and to use our voices and our actions to create positive change in our communities and in the world.
So let us take inspiration from Fannie Lou Hamer’s life and legacy, and let us be motivated to work towards a brighter and more just future. Let us remember that the fight for civil rights and social justice is ongoing, and that it is up to each and every one of us to continue the work that Fannie Lou Hamer and so many others started. Together, we can make a difference and create a better world for all people.
In the wake of recent events, such as the tragic death of George Floyd and other senseless killings of Black people, Fannie Lou Hamer’s legacy is more relevant and important than ever before. Her tireless work and advocacy for voting rights and racial equality serves as a powerful example of what we can achieve when we come together and fight for what is right.
We can learn from Fannie Lou Hamer’s example by standing up for what is just and right, by speaking out against racism and discrimination, and by working towards a society that values and respects all people. We can also learn from her example of the importance of community organizing and coalition-building in creating lasting change.
Fannie Lou Hamer once said, “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Her words resonate with us today, as we continue to face systemic racism and injustice. But we must remember that we are not alone in this fight, and that we can and must come together to create change. We must also remember to take care of ourselves and our communities, and to engage in self-care and restorative practices to ensure that we have the strength and resilience to continue this work for the long haul.
In these times of turmoil and uncertainty, we can draw strength and inspiration from Fannie Lou Hamer’s legacy. Let us honor her memory by continuing the fight for justice, equality, and freedom for all people.
Black women today can learn a great deal from Fannie Lou Hamer’s life and legacy. Her story is one of resilience, courage, and determination in the face of adversity, and it serves as an inspiration to women everywhere who are fighting for their rights and for justice.
One of the key lessons that Black women can learn from Fannie Lou Hamer is the importance of using our voices and our actions to create change. Fannie Lou Hamer was a powerful speaker and a fearless advocate for voting rights and racial equality, and she used her voice to amplify the voices of those who were often ignored and marginalized. She also worked tirelessly to organize and mobilize communities to create lasting change.
Another important lesson that Black women can learn from Fannie Lou Hamer is the importance of self-care and community support. Fannie Lou Hamer faced numerous challenges and obstacles in her life, including poverty, discrimination, and violence, but she never lost sight of the importance of taking care of herself and her community. She was a firm believer in the power of community support and the importance of building strong relationships with others.
Finally, Black women can learn from Fannie Lou Hamer’s example of never giving up, even in the face of overwhelming odds. Fannie Lou Hamer faced significant opposition and resistance in her fight for civil rights, but she remained steadfast and unwavering in her commitment to justice and equality. Her perseverance serves as a powerful reminder that we must never give up in our fight for justice and freedom.
In these modern times, as Black women continue to face systemic racism, discrimination, and inequality, we can draw strength and inspiration from Fannie Lou Hamer’s life and legacy. Let us honor her memory by continuing the fight for justice and equality, and by using our voices and our actions to create a better world for all people.
Fannie Lou Hamer was known for her powerful speeches and passionate advocacy for civil rights and equality. Here are a few of her notable speeches:
“I Question America” – delivered at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on August 22, 1964. In this speech, Hamer challenged the Democratic Party’s commitment to civil rights and spoke about the violence and discrimination faced by Black people in the South.
“Nobody’s Free Until Everybody’s Free” – delivered at the National Women’s Political Caucus in Washington D.C. on July 10, 1971. In this speech, Hamer emphasized the importance of intersectional activism and the need for all marginalized groups to work together to achieve equality.
“We’re On Our Way” – delivered at a rally in Greenwood, Mississippi, on June 26, 1966. In this speech, Hamer spoke about the ongoing struggle for voting rights and urged people to continue to fight for justice and equality.
“The Mississippi Challenge” – delivered at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois, on August 6, 1968. In this speech, Hamer called for an end to police brutality and spoke about the need for systemic change to address the ongoing discrimination faced by Black people.
These speeches are just a few examples of Fannie Lou Hamer’s powerful advocacy and leadership in the civil rights movement. Her words continue to inspire and motivate people around the world to fight for justice and equality.
Fannie Lou Hamer died on March 14, 1977, at the age of 59, in Mound Bayou, Mississippi. She had been suffering from breast cancer, which had spread to her spine and other organs. Despite her illness, Hamer continued to be an activist and leader until her death, advocating for the rights of marginalized people and working to improve conditions in her community. She was a trailblazer in the fight for civil rights and her legacy continues to inspire people around the world to this day.
Today, there are several movements and organizations dedicated to preserving the legacy and continuing the work of Fannie Lou Hamer. Some of these include:
The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO – this institute, based in Jackson, Mississippi, is dedicated to promoting civil rights education, leadership development, and social justice activism. It is named after Fannie Lou Hamer and the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), a coalition of civil rights groups that Hamer helped to found.
The Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy – based at Jackson State University in Mississippi, this institute is focused on promoting civic engagement, community development, and social justice advocacy in honor of Fannie Lou Hamer.
The Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation – this foundation, based in Ruleville, Mississippi, provides support and resources to individuals and families affected by cancer in the Mississippi Delta region. It is named after Fannie Lou Hamer, who was a cancer survivor and advocate for cancer awareness.DONATE HERE
The Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Garden – located in Ruleville, Mississippi, this community garden is dedicated to the memory of Fannie Lou Hamer and her legacy of activism and advocacy. It provides fresh produce and educational opportunities to local residents, and serves as a symbol of hope and resilience in the face of adversity.
These movements and organizations are just a few examples of the ongoing legacy and impact of Fannie Lou Hamer, and the continued relevance of her work in today’s world.
Fannie Lou Hamer was a prominent civil rights activist who lived from 1917 to 1977. In 1961, she underwent a hysterectomy without her informed consent while undergoing surgery for a different condition. This was a common practice at the time, particularly for Black women, who were often subjected to forced sterilization as a means of population control.
The experience of having a hysterectomy without her consent deeply affected Fannie Lou Hamer, both physically and emotionally. She experienced severe health complications as a result of the procedure and also felt violated by the way in which it was done to her.
Fannie Lou Hamer became a vocal advocate for reproductive rights and spoke out against forced sterilization and other forms of reproductive coercion. She believed that all women should have the right to make informed decisions about their own bodies and that no one should be subjected to medical procedures without their consent.
Her experiences with forced sterilization also inspired her to become involved in the broader struggle for civil rights, which she saw as connected to the fight for reproductive freedom. Fannie Lou Hamer remains an important figure in the history of the civil rights and reproductive rights movements, and her legacy continues to inspire activists and advocates today.
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Greetings, dear readers! Today, we’ll be exploring the phenomenon of postictal paralysis and its relation to music therapy. First, let’s define what postictal paralysis is.
Postictal paralysis, also known as Tod’s paralysis, is a condition that affects individuals after a seizure. This condition causes weakness or paralysis on one side of the body that is controlled by the side of the brain where the seizure occurred. For example, if a seizure affects the left side of the brain, it will cause weakness or paralysis on the right side of the body.
Now, let’s talk about how music therapy can help individuals with postictal paralysis. Music therapy is a form of therapy that uses music to improve physical, emotional, cognitive, and social functioning. It has been found to be effective in treating a variety of neurological disorders, including seizures and postictal paralysis.
One study found that music therapy can improve the motor skills of individuals with postictal paralysis. The study showed that music therapy helped patients regain their strength and coordination on the affected side of the body. This was attributed to the rhythm and melody of music, which can stimulate the brain and help to rewire neural pathways.
Music therapy can also help individuals with postictal paralysis by reducing stress and anxiety. Seizures and their aftermath can be very stressful, and music has been found to be a powerful tool for reducing stress levels. When used in therapy, music can help patients relax and feel more comfortable, which can lead to faster recovery.
In addition to its physical benefits, music therapy can also improve emotional well-being. It can help individuals express their feelings, which can be especially important for those who may have difficulty communicating after a seizure. Music therapy can provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals to explore their emotions and feelings.
In conclusion, postictal paralysis is a condition that can be very challenging for individuals who experience it. However, music therapy can be a powerful tool for aiding in recovery. By stimulating the brain, reducing stress, and improving emotional well-being, music therapy can help individuals regain their strength and coordination and return to their daily lives. Let’s continue to explore the many ways in which music can be used to improve health and well-being!
How music can be used in therapy for individuals with postictal paralysis:
Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation (RAS): RAS is a technique used in music therapy that involves using a steady beat to help individuals regain their motor skills. For individuals with postictal paralysis, RAS can be used to stimulate the brain and encourage the affected side of the body to move. This can be done through activities such as drumming or tapping along to a beat.
Melodic Intonation Therapy (MIT): MIT is a technique used in music therapy that involves singing simple phrases to help individuals regain their speech after a seizure. This can be particularly helpful for individuals who have difficulty communicating after a seizure, as it provides a way for them to express themselves.
Improvisation: Improvisation is a technique used in music therapy that involves creating music spontaneously. For individuals with postictal paralysis, improvisation can be a way to encourage movement on the affected side of the body. This can be done through activities such as playing an instrument or singing along to a melody.
Music-Assisted Relaxation: Music-assisted relaxation is a technique used in music therapy that involves listening to calming music to help reduce stress and anxiety. For individuals with postictal paralysis, this can be particularly helpful in promoting relaxation and reducing muscle tension.
Music Listening: Simply listening to music can be a powerful tool in music therapy for individuals with postictal paralysis. Music has the ability to stimulate the brain and improve mood, which can aid in recovery. This can be done through activities such as creating playlists or listening to live music performances.
These are just a few examples of how music can be used in therapy for individuals with postictal paralysis. Each individual may respond differently to different techniques, so it is important to work with a trained music therapist to determine the best approach for each individual’s unique needs.