Activists Brought Go-Go Music And Black Joy To D.C. Streets Amid Election Day Chaos
“There is no movement without music,” said organizer LaDon Love.
November 02, 2020 at 4:02 pm
After decades of permeating the city streets, basements, clubs, and historically Black neighborhoods, the unique funk sound of go-go music was finally recognized as the official music of the nation’s capital earlier this year.
On election night, Black organizers from D.C. based organizations used go-go to inspire and uplift the community who created it during arguably the most important day of 2020. Last year, gentrifiers attempted to remove the sound go-go that glared from a Metro PCS store located in the famous U-Street corridor, an area that was once the center of “Chocolate City.” This year, thanks to organizers and activists of color, the music remains, and so does the community that gentrification has consistently tried to remove.
Hundreds of Black folks and allies gathered at Black Lives Matter Plaza in D.C., which leads to the White House, for Voter Party 2020, a special gathering in promoting resistance through arts and culture.