This Is Why We Kneel by Charles Dickerson, Conductor of the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles

Read and listen the lyrics of the beautiful and impassioned music composed by Charles Dickerson III © and performed by the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles & Mens Chorus.

"This Is Why We Kneel"
The blood of young Black men flows in the streets of America at the hands of officers of the law.
The scene plays time and again: Black men dying in America at the hands of officers of the law.
We cannot just ignore Black men dying in America at the hands of officers of the law.
Our purpose to implore: stop this killing in America at the hands of officers of the law.
This, this, this is why, this is why we kneel.

Violence gets normalized
when Black men are killed in America at the hands of officers of the law.
All lives are jeopardized
when Black men are killed in America at the hands of officers of the law.

So when you disregard our plea to stop this killing in America at the hands of officers of the law,
We respectfully take a knee to stop this killing in America at the hands of officers of the law.
This, this, this is why, this is why we kneel.

For now we heed the cry:
we cannot just stand by and watch as young men die, at the hands of officers of the law.
So when the anthem sounds, together on the ground we offer our appeal.
This is why we kneel.

Stop killing these young boys!
Stop killing these men!
Stop killing these fathers!
Stop killing these children!
This is why we kneel!
ABOUT INNER CITY YOUTH ORCHESTRA OF LOS ANGELES
We are the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA), the largest majority African American orchestra in America. Founded in 2009, ICYOLA is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that transforms the lives and minds of young people in Inner City Los Angeles through high quality music education. It teaches inner city youth the great music of the world, and provides opportunities for them to perform that music in the most magnificent settings of our community. It prepares its members for advanced study and high caliber success in music and otherwise, and instills the ancillary benefits that music instruction provides: problem solving skills, critical thinking, self-reliance, self-confidence, self-discipline, and the crystallization and pursuit of meaningful purpose.

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