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Solange and Esperanza Spalding Inspire ‘Hope’ at the Alternative Inauguration’s Peace Ball*
By Jaleesa M. Jones
Solange Knowles offered D.C. fans a Seat at the Table Thursday night.
But the crowd at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture — the site of Busboys and Poets’ Peace Ball, an alternative inaugural ball dedicated to Hope and Resistance — didn’t take a seat. Instead, they stood on their feet as if trying to absorb some of the #blackgirlmagic before them.
And Solange freely offered that much-needed energy to the audience, which counted activists and entertainers like Angela Davis, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Ashley Judd, Danny Glover, DeRay Mckesson, Melissa Harris-Perry, Eddie Huang and Alice Walker among its attendees.
Taking the stage in a white-hot jumpsuit, the singer, songwriter and style icon performed a soul-stirring set that included A Seat at the Table tracks, Rise, Weary, Cranes in the Sky, Mad and Don’t Touch My Hair, “anthems of our resistance” as Davis called them prior to her performance.
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Tonight I met the woman who changed my life and made me want to use my voice to fight injustice. Angela Davis, the woman who said: "Revolution is a serious thing, the most serious thing about a revolutionary's life. When one commits oneself to the struggle, it must be for a lifetime.” AND "Radical simply means "grasping things at the root." AND “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept." THANK YOU for paving the way. May we all grasp at the root more than ever.
Solange wasn’t the only artist singing a sonnet to the souls of the guests, who gathered at the ball in solidarity. Esperanza Spalding also performed, soothing the crowd with the assistance of Afro Blue, Howard University’s premier choir.