Shout It Out Songs of Protest, Empowerment, and Encouragement

Laura Burhenn is a new revolutionist. She examines the question: "what does a revolution look like today, and what are we fighting for?" in the workshop, "Shout it Out" which was presented at The Music District in Fort Collins, CO on November 22, 2016.
Participants had moments to reflect on what it means to them to protest through song and write about it.
Each member of the audience was allowed to share what they wrote with the group.
Members of the audience were from places as far as South Africa who shared diverse stories of protest from around the globe.
There was a feeling of decompression felt from the most recent election in almost every piece of writing.
The members who were present represented a wide age range, it brought viewpoints from many revolutions that have happened across the years.
Jesse Elliott, Director of The Music District, also participated in the discussion.
Shane Zweygardt, Technical Manager of The Music District, listened intently as the conversation got in-depth and reflective.
Laura explained how she devoted her voice to protest in Under the Radar Magazine:
The workshop was an open dialogue discussion with writing, reflecting, and sharing equally with the crowd and the presenter.
Laura smiles at the audience who all shared openly.
The history of protest songs is rich; they come into society as early as the 1900's :
Among the crowd were songwriters from Fort Collins like Nancy Just, who were open and trusting to voice opinions.
All the group members shared at least one protest song to compile on a playlist. They were asked to ponder: "What is a protest song?", continually.
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