Submitted by Tina Van, Marketing Manager.
The Tacoma Refugee Choir is not your typical choir. Since 2016, this thriving community has united people across all cultures, colors, and religions, finding new ways to inspire love & hope using the transformative power of music. It is made up of refugees, immigrants and community members representing countries all across the globe.
World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, honors the strength, courage, and perseverance of millions of refugees who are forcibly displaced from their homes. To honor this very special day, the Tacoma Refugee choir wants YOU to contribute your own “Love Letter” in the form of a short video (up to one minute). These videos will be available to watch on the Love Letters campaign site to demonstrate the love and compassion for our diverse community here in Tacoma and Pierce County. The campaign will be open for submissions June 20th – July 15th. For more information on how to participate, visit the choir’s website at refugeechoir.org.
On World Refugee Day, the choir released it’s newest song “Love Letter,” written to express solidarity and love in support of refugees worldwide. Soulful and uplifting, the music video features the spoken word of love letters written by community members. The letters featured in the video address the painful discrimination that communities of color are experiencing, while looking forward to a better world in which all communities can feel safe, welcomed, and at peace. With the recent Covid-19 pandemic and anti-racist protests across the globe, it is more important than ever for everyone to fight for justice, inclusivity, and equality. Each and every one of us can make a difference in standing in solidarity with refugees, immigrants, and communities of color.