Say their names.
Janelle Monáe is ready to fem the future, and the Mothers of the Movement are joining her.
During Saturday’s Women’s March demonstration in Washington, DC, actress and singer Monae delivered warned the new presidential administration to respect women and “get off our areolas and get off our vaginas.”
“It was woman that gave you Dr. Martin Luther King Jr,” Monáe said.
“It was woman that gave you Malcolm X. And according to the bible, it was a woman who gave us Jesus… We birthed this nation and we can unbirth it when we want to.”
Calling for the protestors to fight against systemic abuse of power, performed a call-and-response song called “Hell You Talmbout,” encouraging the crowd to say the names of black women like Sandra Bland and Maya Young who have died as a result of police encounters, sexual violence, and transphobia.
Monáe made a statement against police brutality when she invited the Mothers of the Movement (Sybrina Fulton, Lucy McBath, Maria Hamilton, Gwen Carr), to chant their slain son’s names as the crowd chanted: “Say his name!”
The moment moved some people on social media to tears:
janelle monae's performance with the mothers of police brutality has me SOBBING
— Hope (@hectichope) January 21, 2017
— inanimate carbon rod (@sashanako) January 21, 2017
Seeing Janelle Monae, The Mothers of the Movement, and Cherno Biko chant all of our brothers & sisters names literally has me in tears…
— Maxxxine Waters (@YoungBossquiat) January 21, 2017