Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and the GRAMMY Museum® Launch Third Annual Speak Up Sing Out: Songs of Conscience Songwriting Contest
To help expand an understanding of human rights and encourage students to take action, the GRAMMY Museum® and Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights announce the launch of their third annual Speak Up Sing Out: Songs of Conscience songwriting contest. The contest builds on the nationally recognized Speak Truth To Power video contest , which challenges middle and high school students to choose a human rights defender and create a 3-5 minute short film that teaches others about a human rights issue.
The Speak Up Sing Out: Songs of Conscience contest challenges students to write songs based on social justice issues. Materials from the RFK Human Rights Speak Truth To Power curriculum, the GRAMMY Museum’s Songs of Conscience, Sounds of Freedom curriculum and the RFKHR and GRAMMY Museum’s joint curriculum are all available on the contest website. Top songs will be judged by Kerry Kennedy, President of RFK Human Rights, Bob Santelli, GRAMMY Museum Executive Director, Rocky Dawuni, U.S.-based Ghanaian reggae star, and others.
"We are thrilled to again be partnering with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights on this important educational initiative that encourages students to use their voice for social change,” said Santelli.
Students can submit entries through the contest website at www.speakupsingout.org until February 17, 2018.
Madisyn Elise, a sixteen year-old high school student from Atlanta, Georgia, won the Grand Prize for the 2017 contest for her song “Teenage Refugee”, which addresses society’s struggle with recognizing the human-ness, inner-strength and tenacity of young refugees.
“Music, worldwide, has been a change agent and by writing songs about human rights and social justice students can learn how to create change through songwriting,” said John Heffernan, Executive Director of RFK Human Rights, Speak Truth To Power. “Over and over again, we have seen the power of music as a tool to encourage action.”
The contest builds upon RFK Human Rights’ Speak Truth To Power curriculum that is taught to more than three million students each year in schools across the United States and around the world.
The human rights curriculum, which includes over 50 teacher-developed lesson plans for students in grades 6–12, is based on Kennedy's book, Speak Truth To Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing the World.
The GRAMMY Museum®
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Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights was founded in 1968 by Robert Kennedy's family and friends as a living memorial to carry forward his vision of a more just and peaceful world. Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit charitable organization. For more information visit www.rfkhumanrights.org and follow @RFKHumanRights on twitter and Instagram.