ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - With rap, DJ, and poetry, a community came together Sunday evening to heal and to fight for a brighter future.
"The message is that black people have done lots for the country,” said Sydney Plunkett, a concert organizer. “We are human beings. We deserve to be treated with respect. Our lives deserve to be honored and respected. That's why we are here."
"I think mostly a feeling of weariness from the start, like here we go again.. another tragedy,” said Shavunda Brown, a concert organizer.
The healing and benefit concert for the family of Philando Castile was held inside Bedlam Theater in Saint Paul's Lowertown neighborhood.
It was quickly organized by the Million Artist Movement after recent police shootings of black men, including last Wednesday's deadly traffic stop in Falcon Heights.
The group behind the event is a global organization using art to fight against what they see as a racist, oppressive and broken system.
Inside the venue, it is a chance to come together to be safe and share a whole range of emotions amid turmoil across the community and the country.
"I think people will leave feeling rejuvenated and energized to continue to fight for social justice,” said Brown.
One of the most moving aspects of the healing and benefit concert was it brought together all walks of life for an evening of community and shared grief.