These days I am returning to two very powerful music videos created out of Obama’s words. One was created by words in a speech he gave in his first campaign for President. The second was written by Sara Bareilles imagining what he would say if he reflected on Trump. This latter piece was created and published before the 2016 election, but it has even more resonance for now.
I think there’s something powerful about the beauty and elegance of these two pieces, neither of which were created by Obama directly, but both of which were created by people who were caught up in the eloquence of his words and their respect for what he was trying to do.
I am more convinced that ever that beauty can invite justice. Finding songs and images and movement and tastes and touch that evoke our desire to learn and to be in relationship with each other across divides matters so, so much.