WATCH NOW: Glory (From the Motion Picture Selma)

A Song of Solidarity for Juneteenth

The Seattle Symphony’s mission is to unleash the power of music, bring people together and lift the human spirit and it is important for us — especially now — to live that mission. As we continue to educate ourselves and reflect on how we can create positive change, we join our community on Friday, June 19 to celebrate Juneteenth and honor its history. (Looking for relevant events around town? The Stranger has put together a guide to Juneteenth events in Seattle.)

Studying music teaches us to listen with intention. What we learn by listening guides our values as an organization — when we all listen, we learn. And while we can’t physically bring people together with music, we continue to stand in solidarity with our Black colleagues, musicians and community as we recognize that we have more to hear, more to learn, and more to do.

From “We Shall Overcome” to “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” music has always shone a light on injustice and pointed towards a better future. In celebration of Juneteenth, we share the Seattle Symphony’s 2016 performance of the Oscar- and Grammy-winning song, “Glory,” from the 2014 motion picture Selma.

“Glory” from Selma
(Performed by the Seattle Symphony on July 2, 2016 at Benaroya Hall.)

Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Julianne Johnson-Weiss, soprano
VellVett, hip-hop artist
The Sound of the Northwest
Seattle Symphony

Music by John Roger Stephens; Lonnie Rashid Lynn; Che Smith
Arranged by Mark Brymer – Hal Leonard Music Publishing
Courtesy BMG Sapphire Songs; John Legend Publishing & Reach Music Publishing

Further Resources on Racial Equity


The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (Michelle Alexander)

White Fragility (Robin DiAngelo)

So You Want to Talk About Race (Ijeoma Oluo)

James Baldwin: Collected Essays (James Baldwin)

Just Mercy (Bryan Stevenson)

Me and White Supremacy (Layla F. Saad)

Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)

We Were Eight Years in Power (Ta-Nehisi Coates)

How to Be an Anti-Racist (Ibram X. Kendi) 

Being Wrong (Kathryn Schultz)



Seeing White, Season 2

Trilloquy (American Public Media)

Classically Black

Code Switch (NPR)

Still Processing (The New York Times)

In The Dark, Season 2 (APM Reports)



13th (dir. Ava DuVernay, available on Netflix)

When They See Us (dir. Ava DuVernay, available on Netflix)

I Am Not Your Negro (dir. Raoul Peck, available on Amazon Prime Video)

Asian Americans (prod. WETA, available on PBS)

Just Mercy (dir. Destin Daniel Cretton, available to watch for free; platforms listed on the official Just Mercy website)


Posted on June 18, 2020