Marcel Stewart, project lead and Outreach Coordinator for Suitcase in Point explains, “Ancestral healing, generational trauma, intersectionality, defunding the police, all while celebrating the complicated, nuanced beauty of Blackness is what Freedom is about. It’s a community conversation about emancipation, and the human right to be free. And in the words of Angela Davis, ‘Freedom is a constant struggle’.”
Niagara rap artist and activist Yung Dashiki, featured on the mixtape, says he submitted his piece “because with the current events I feel like more than ever we must speak up and start making the changes that we’ve so desperately wanted for the last 400 years. It is also important that we give a voice to those who feel voiceless and have been through the ills of systemic oppression and brutality, so I hope to inspire the people to speak up.”
Suitcase in Point gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Niagara Community Foundation in the production of Freedom: A Mixtape. NCF, is a public foundation serving the people of Niagara. The Foundation builds permanently endowed charitable funds for the changing needs and opportunities of the community and provides grants to eligible charitable organizations in culture, health, education, environment, recreation, and social service sectors.