Brandee Younger has composed one the most creative and compelling tributes to Trayvon Martin to date.
The young harpist, who has shared her talents with the likes of Common and Ryan Leslie, composed the piece “He Has A Name” (Awareness) in an effort to wake up the masses who have fallen asleep to the countless racial injustices we see today.
As Brandee wrote on her website:
On a very personal note, I learned of the Trayvon Martin case through the website globalgrind.com where they give an identity to murder victims by citing, "He has a name..." It takes a piece of my heart every time I sign online and see the words "He has a name..." because I know there has been yet another act of violence.
As social media reported the Trayvon Martin case, it became a continual reminder of the state that America is still in and the work that still needs to be done.
My heart and prayers go out to Tracy Martin and Sabrina Fulton, Trayvon's parents. It's not the natural progression of life to see your child go before you especially under such tragic circumstances.
For me, having a teenage brother who appears not unlike Trayvon, I can't help but be fearful that he will be judged unfairly, based on stereotypes and appearance.
An inspiration to our generation, Brandee will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. to help the organization continue its fine work in striving for racial justice. Listen to “He Has A Name” (Awareness) and check out brandee.bandcamp.com for more information.