Since 24-year-old Jamar Clark was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer while being arrested last November, members of the community have rallied for justice.
On Tuesday night, Clark’s family will join nonprofit group Anti-War Committee, local musicians, and poets for “Break the Silence,” a pay-what-you-can benefit show and celebration of Clark's life at the Capri Theater in north Minneapolis. Money raised at the event will go toward burial and tombstone costs, as well as ongoing organizing efforts.
Beginning at 7 p.m., the concert will feature performances from 14 artists. Among them are rappers Muja Messiah, Maria Isa, Tall Paul, and TruthMaze, as well as spoken-word artist Keno Evol and Black Lives Matter protest anthem singer/Gospel Machine frontwoman Jayanthi Kyle.
"It's a responsibility for all artists and members of our community to stand up and recognize the injustice that’s happening, specifically in this case," Isa tells City Pages. "It’s a story that’s too well known — not just here in our cities, but across the cities — of police brutality. If I can help out in any way, promoting peace through music, I’m available."
Jamar Clark’s cousin, Alexander Clark, is an organizer with the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar. He had a major hand in organizing Tuesday's benefit concert.
“I feel like this must be seen as a time of need to form a dedicated foundation of solidarity," Alexander Clark says in a press release. "We need to ensure that the entire world knows what we can do within the faith of the people. If we don’t get no justice, they will not get no peace or sleep."
Alexander Clark asked the Anti-War Committee to be the organizational sponsor for the show. The mission of the Minneapolis-based group is to stand in solidarity with oppressed people in the U.S. and abroad, organizing vigils, marches, educational forums, and more.
Break the Silence! Honoring Jamar Clark Benefit Show
With: Muja Messiah, Maria Isa, Tall Paul, Truth Maze, Keno Evol, and more
When: 7-10 p.m. Tue., Feb. 9
Where: Capri Theater, 2027 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis
Cost: Pay what you can
RSVP on Facebook here.