Singing for Liberty

04/19/10 Doris Norrito
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It was a musical afternoon – no speeches, just a time to come together with the universal connector – music. Singing for Liberty was the theme, peace and justice the message played and sung by eight musical groups. One of the founders of Friends of Human Rights, Mel Underbakke, announced the first selection, a musical tribute to Sami Al-Arian. The former USF professor was acquitted of terrorism charges in 2005, but remains imprisoned under house arrest.

Singing for Liberty was held at the First United Church of Tampa. Reverend Bernice Powell Jackson spoke about the history of the church.

Shouting and name calling suppress truth and fuels hatred. Casual conversation over food and music set the mood for interaction among peoples of different backgrounds and faiths, a relaxed condition for agreement and mutual respect.

Learning first hand overturns prejudice and creates a willingness to work together for the justice of all. You can learn more about Friends of Human Rights here.

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