The United Strings of Color (Kennedy Mitchell and CT Thomas, violins, Sterling Elliott, viola; Lexi Etienne, cello) will be commemorating Black lives lost through music and poetry in a series of Violin Vigils. The events are free and open to all. To maintain suitable audience size at this outdoor event, we ask that you register in advance at SignUpGenius. You are encouraged to bring your own seating and protection from weather.

Vigils are currently scheduled for:

  • May 1st from 4:00-5:00 in the Ambrose Episcopal Church parking lot (813 Darby St, Raleigh 27610)
    May 5th from 6:30-7:30 at the Martin Luther King Memorial Gardens (1215 Martin Luther King Blvd, Raleigh 27610)
    May 25 from 6:30-7:30 at Raleigh Little Theatre Amphitheatre (301 Pogue St, Raleigh 27607) with a rain date at the same time on May 27th

However, more dates will be added for the months of May and June 2021. Join us in honoring Black lives with music and poetry and remembering those lost.

Click here to download a PDF of the Concert Program.

Program of Poetry Alternating with Music performed by USC

This Is Our Dream NPR crowd-sourced


Being Black by Destiny Carless, Rolesville High

We Shall Overcome

Before I’m Me by Taylor Kennedy Mendez, Rolesville High

Stereotypes (Stereotyping read during the music)

Change by Sumeyya Miraloglu, Wakefield High

Oh Freedom!

‘the activity called a spectacle’ by Jillian Seversky, Holly Springs High

Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen

What We Can Do by Mario Kersey, staff East Wake High

Lift Every Voice

Colors by Jimena Gonzalez-Aguina, Holly Springs High


Movement by Jayla Dennis, North Wake College and Career Academy

A Change Gonna Come

The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman

Simple Gifts – Shaker with guests from WCPSS orchestras