John Legend, Common, Jesse Williams & More to Headline ‘Many Rivers to Cross’ Social-Justice Festival


By: Isabelle Doll Ngcobo

Harry Belafonte’s launched the first day of its human rights-focused music and arts festival, set for Oct. 1st today.
It’s more than a music Festival.It’s a Movement

John LegendCommon, actor/activist Jesse Williams, comedian Chris Rock,Carlos Santana and Dave Matthews are among the headliners participating in the two-day event Many Rivers to Cross. Described as “the largest music and arts festival dedicated to racial and social justice,” the Oct. 1-2 fest is being presented by the Harry Belafonte-founded organization It will take place outside of Atlanta in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia.

Thus far, the Many Rivers to Cross lineup of performers and activists also includes Public EnemyEstelle, actor Danny Glover, civil rights advocate/author Michelle Alexander and Dr. Cornel West. “Social Justice Village” will be set up to foster discussion, share ideas and seek solutions concerning human rights issues.

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“Many Rivers is an opportunity for artists to mobilize audiences through their music and to stir up America’s collective consciousness and commitment to progressive action,” actor/humanitarian Belafonte said. “It will also provide a crucial space for these artists to connect and collaborate with activists, thought leaders and community organizers from across the country and use their platforms to amplify ideas and solutions to advance human rights for all.”

Belafonte founded in 2013. The social justice organization recently partnered with Blackout for Human Rights on the Justice for Flint benefit concert and collaborated with Usher on his “Chains” music video and racial justice camp.
Day One Oct.1st Performers were
Who said the United States national anthem should be changed because it doesn’t make
sense any more







and many more spekers and activist.Some like Van Jones was in he bldg for a panel discussion at 3pm!

Activist Angela Davis and activist and poet Mrs Sanches



was slso on stage along with Professor Grif

from Public Enemy as well as Live at 1:00pm at Stage 2 Rap Legend Chuck D of Public Enemy.

Comedian Chris Tucker was also at hand in support of the movement.

Other Artist who performed was

The full line up for Day 1 of the ” “Many Rivers to Cross Festival” were

Schedule of artists:
Stage 1
3:10 Van Jones
3:20 Macklemore
4:10 Father
4:20 TIP
6:45 Angela Davis
7:10 Dave Matthews
9:15 Carlos Santana

Stage 2
12:50 Carmen Perez
1pm Public Enemy
2pm Joe Mersa
2:55pm Jesse Boykins
5:50pm Pastor McBride
6pm Estelle
6:30 Jussie Smolett
8pm Robert Glasper
8:40pm Tia Milan
11:20pm Jack Radics

Stage 3
12:10pm Supaman
12:55 Kristen Graves
1:40pm Skip T
1:50pm Ron Chisolm
2:35pm Las Cafeteras
3.20pm Tef Poe
3:55pm Rebel Diaz
4:55pm Bryonn Bain
5:05pm Umi Selah
8:55pm Linda Sarsour
9:05pm Shaka Senghor

#MRTC16 #musicfestival


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