Washington D.C. organizers, Long Live GoGo, bring back live music as a form of protest in the nation’s capital. On Juneteenth, a Black holiday that celebrates the news of liberation making its way to post-Civil War Texas, Long Live GoGo held a celebration on Black Lives Matter Plaza.
The Million Moe March, named after the historic Million Man March on D.C. in the nineties was ripe with joy, hope and most notably, live music. GoGo bands like TCB, TOB and UCB gave stellar performances atop a flatbed-18-wheeler in the plaza.
Music as a form of protest is inherent to many Black movements. Think Beyonce’s Superbowl performance or Killer Mike’s discography. There are even festivals, like AFROPUNK that are dedicated to protests of white-heteronormative dominance in culture and music.
This is not the first time Long Live GoGo organizers have rallied behind music to advance their mission. The group held a peaceful protest earlier in June and gained national attention after organizing a peaceful protest on Chuck Brown Way. The hashtag #Don’tMuteDC went viral overnight after the organizers fought back against gentrification and cultural erosion in front of the Metro PCS store that drew local noise complaints.
Mayor Bowser renamed a section of 16th St outside of the White House after the Black Lives Matter movement. She defended the mural in Washington D.C. on The View; “We saw peaceful protesters attacked by the federal government and that should never happen,” she said. Mayor Bowser went on to share how the mural sends a message to not only the President but to the city that Black life does matter and she needed to push back to allow for peaceful protests.
While the city still stands behind the ban on public gatherings that bars venues from opening, it would appear the city has sanctioned music as a form of peaceful protest.