Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. -Martin Luther King Jr.
As we have already seen 2013 is a year where many people globally are uniting and are standing up for justice, equality and for a better future for all…
The message “5 FINGERS + 1 FIST = UNITY” is a wonderful tribute designed specifically in honor of the 1968 Olympic protest in Mexico City . This unique, universal message can be used to motivate, unite and inspire others to work together toward one common goal. Dr. John Carlos, Dr. Tommie Smith, Peter Norman and MLK all made a conscious effort not to remain silent to things that mattered to them. Whether it was a simple gesture of raising a clenched fist in the air, wearing an Olympic Project For Human Rights (OPHR) badge, or speaking out about injustices and prejudice in ones country, these individuals all took it upon themselves to do something.
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Five talented young artists (Randell Adjei, Trevlyn Kennedy, Quentin Vercetty Lindsay, Jordan Veira, and Krystyle Chance) have all agreed to campaign this message and create two memorable tributes in honor of the 1968 Olympic protest and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Specifically picked based on their dedication, enthusiasm and willingness to educate themselves about the history of the protest and the connection Martin Luther King Jr. had with the 1968 Olympics, these young artists are willing to educate their generation in their own unique way.
Mandate: – Support the inaugural launch of this campaign with the intent to send these artists down to the States to perform on the grounds of San Jose State University during their annual Legacy Week in celebrations in honor of the 1968 Olympic protest. An annual event held in Toronto would keep the message relevant among the youths of tomorrow.
Is a connoisseur of creativity and is a charismatic virtuoso who knows no boundaries when it comes to his artistic expression. As an alumni of the Remix Project, and through “artivism” (using different art forms to analyze and be critical of the social and political world) Quentin has progressed into a talented storyteller. His work consists of painting, illustration, mural work, photography, graphic design and spoken word poetry. Telling African parables while playing African instruments like the djemb drum and the balafon (aka the Marimba) is also one of his specialties.
His talents have allowed him to travel to places like London, Cape Town, South Africa, Jamaica, and many states throughout the USA. Quentin is currently pursuing his Bachelors degree in Fine Arts at the Ontario College of Arts and Design (OCAD).
Is a young poet with a powerful voice and presence. She discovered her love for performance at the age of 16. She is now one of Toronto’s own rising stars in the art of Spoken Word. Now a second year student at the University of Toronto, she brings to poetic life the trials and triumphs of growing up in the inner city of Toronto. She has been in such shows as Suite Life Productions, has performed for various community based events, and has done a spoken word featured performance for TEDx Toronto.
With her continuous involvement in community work with Dixon Hall and the City of Toronto, and her dedication to empowering youth through narratives on issues that people don’t often talk about, is truly inspiring.
Her neighborhood Regent Park has been a major source for her drive and creativity. Her future goals include getting her Bachelors Degree and then continuing on to Law School.
Is an entrepreneur, spoken word poet, motivational speaker, and the director of Spoke N’ Heard, a blossoming arts production company that specializes in creating dynamic theme‐based urban & world arts events. Currently, Veira attends Ryerson University in the Image Arts, Film Studies program.
JV is passionate about combining arts and business to inspire unity and love, educating today’s youth and continuing on a path of social entrepreneurship.
Is a spoken word “Edutainer” & “Artivist” who uses the power of words to Reach Intelligent Souls Everywhere through Edutainment. He is also the founder of the City wide movement; Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (R.I.S.E Poetry). His Art was berthed after years of being lost. He found himself by turning his struggles around to inspire others.
He is an avid believer in human rights and leads his group of activists once a month to feed the Houseless of these Toronto streets. His spirited passion to elevate other inspired thousands in the GTA. Randell is also a recent recipient of the Identify & Impact Street Level Advocate Awards by the Toronto Youth Cabinet & the Yinnergy Appreciation award from the Youth Outreach Workers in Malvern. His mission is changing the Vibration of the world bringing together the Unity in Global Community.
Krystle uses her musical gifts to give back to her community. She dedicates her time and love to creating and facilitating music and creative writing workshops for Toronto youth all over the city with the very talented lyricist Jaydahmann. Currently Krystle is working on a musical project called COVERS set to be released this summer. It is a compilation of new and old favorites as interpreted by this songstress. Finally, after years of honing her characteristic sound, Krystle is ready to be heard by anyone who is ready to listen….
Stay tuned for further details and information.
“Individually we are GREAT… Together WE are UNSTOPPABLE!”