The hymn “We Shall Overcome” is a staple for providing inspiration and hope within our community. But when we sing “We shall overcome, we shall overcome someday,” when is “someday?” A group of celebrities teamed up with filmmaker Tommy Oliver for the #SomedayIsToday campaign, hosted on Campaign Zero’s website, to ask and answer that very question.
In the video above, Hosea Chanchez, Affion Crockett, Michael Ealy, Kimberly Elise, Keisha Epps, Meagan Good, Luis Guzman, Aja Naomi King, Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker, Kendrick Sampson, Tika Sumpter, Larenz Tate, Marlon Wayans and Rutina Wesley read some of the historic lyrics before asking, “when is someday?”
A statement at the end of the video reads, “We have been fighting against systemic racism, wrongful incarceration and police brutality for longer than most of us have been alive.”
The campaign is hosted on Campaign Zero‘s website. It is an organization that believes “we can live in a world where the police don’t kill people,” and has actionable plans and policy solutions to get us to that point.
Johnetta Elzie is a protestor and organizer from St. Louis and a member of the Campaign Zero planning team. In a statement to Blavity, Elzie says:
“I’m just extremely happy to know that this many black celebrities are aware of the police violence in our community. And are willing to use their visibility, privilege and gifts to help spread awareness. Representation matters on all fronts. Campaign Zero is glad we were able to partner with such amazing people.”
And even more celebrities are down with the cause, as showcased in this quick video below:
Visit www.WhenIsSomeday.com to find out more and see how you can help.