'America (My Country, 'Tis of Thee)' was penned by Samuel Francis Smith in 1831. Now, this former de facto U.S. national anthem has been revised by American composer Nolan Williams, Jr. to issue a call for national unity following one of the most contentious elections of our lifetime. #UnityAnthemChallenge
Conceived and directed by Nolan Williams, Jr. feat. Kevin McAllister
'AMERICA' SONG PROJECT IS AN INSPIRING FOLLOW-UP TO WILLIAMS' STAR-STUDDED VOTING RIGHTS ANTHEM, 'I HAVE A RIGHT TO VOTE' [OVER 1,000,000 VIEWS]
Billie Jean King | Billy Porter | Chef Carla Hall | Christopher Jackson |
Hill Harper | Ebony Jo-Ann | Ryan Jamaal Swain | Sheila C. Johnson
Released during the 2020 election cycle, I Have A Right To Vote is a voting rights anthem and music video that has raised awareness around voter suppression, encouraged voter education and registration, and increased voter motivation, contributing to the record turnout of ballots cast for a national election.
Composed and video directed by Nolan Williams, Jr., I Have A Right To Vote features a stellar cast of celebrities speaking the words of historical voting rights icons, including: Billie Jean King, Billy Porter, Chef Carla Hall, Christopher Jackson (from the original cast of HAMILTON), Hill Harper, Ebony Jo-Ann, and Ryan Jamaal Swain (F/X Network's POSE). The video also features the national touring company of STIRRING THE WATERS ACROSS AMERICA (Williams' theatrical concert production from which the song is drawn), cameos by luminaries like businesswoman Sheila C. Johnson, and American citizens at iconic places across the country—from New York’s Times Square to Milwaukee’s Art Museum, and from the “Rocky” Steps in Philadelphia to the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles—all affirming their right to vote!
I Have A Right To Vote is executive produced by Bohemian Foundation and David Frederick & Sophia Lynn; produced by NEWorks Productions and Dale A. Mott/Edgewood; edited by award-winning filmmaker Maria Cataldo (Netflix: JEFFREY EPSTEIN: FILTHY RICH) and Kadesh DuBose; music produced by Williams and Robert Ellis; and features animations by Marina Martins & Pigmental Studios and Atlanta-based artist Andre Thompson.
I Have A Right To Vote is a non-partisan project. It is not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.
"The single most powerful tool in the fight is our right to vote. In spite of everything, we must not squander it, we must get out and vote and inspire others to do the same. I'm thrilled to play a part in this important initiative."
- Billie Jean King -
Inspired by the voting rights anthem?
Well, check out our full WOKE! digital arts campaign featuring educational curriculum and an art exhibition that further amplify the themes of voting and human rights!
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The official "I Have A Right To Vote" music video was featured in the 2020 Virtual March On Washington Pre-Show on Friday, August 28, 2020.
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The song, I Have A Right To Vote, is drawn from theatrical concert production, STIRRING THE WATERS ACROSS AMERICA. Conceived and composed by Nolan Williams, Jr. to illuminate the Civil Rights Movement, STIRRING combines captivating music, spoken word, and dance with stunning visuals to highlight seminal moments from the Movement from 1954 to 1968, connecting the past with the present.
Lauded by D.C. Metro Theatre Arts as “Electrifying. Awakening. …Exquisitely bold and utterly holy,” STIRRING is one of the first works to be developed through The Kennedy Center’s 2019 Social Impact Arts Residency. It was workshopped at The Kennedy Center in the fall of last year.
PICTURED: The national touring company of STIRRING during their February 2020 performance at Vanderbilt University's Langford Auditorium, Nashville, TN | PHOTO CREDIT: Quentin Cox, courtesy of Vanderbilt University