Michelle Alexander, Jesse Williams to Feature at Inaugural ‘Many Rivers To Cross’ Festival

By Sameer Rao Jul 15, 2016

Many of the nation’s most prominent voices for racial justice—actors, musicians, scholars and activists among them—will gather near Atlanta this fall for the inaugural "Many Rivers to Cross" music and arts festival

The festival comes from Sankofa.org, an organization founded by musician and activist Harry Belafonte in 2013 to bring celebrities and grassroots groups together to collectively advocate social justice.

"In this urgent national moment, we are witnessing a resurgence of artists who are actively seeking ways to become more politically engaged and connected with movements on the ground, and helping impact change around critical issues like police violence, mass incarceration, voting rights and other forms of systemic injustice," Belafonte said in a statement announcing the festival yesterday (July 14).

Featured guests and performers will include Michelle AlexanderJesse Williams, John Legend and Public Enemy. The festival will also host a "Social Justice Village," described in the statement as a place "where activists, thought-leaders and Sankofa.org’s organizational partners will share information, exchange ideas and activate calls-to-action to mobilize attendees around society’s most urgent human rights issues."

"Many Rivers to Cross" is scheduled for October 1–2 in the town of Chattahoochee Hills, near Atlanta. Tickets go on sale in two weeks (July 29). Visit Sankofa.org for more information.