BLACK LIVES MATTER


A Message from Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director & CEO

August 28, 2020

On August 28, 1963, a quarter off a million people marched on Washington DC demanding freedom, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the exalted, “I Have a Dream” speech.

Today, Ballet Hispánico reaffirms its commitment to social justice and stands with all the marchers in Washington who fight for social justice. We stand against the brutality that we see unleashed on the black community and are distraught by the shooting of Jacob Blake.

We are not helpless, we have the power to be counted and our voices heard. Here are two ways of making change happen. Fill out the census, be counted for support and necessary community aid.

Go to: https://2020census.gov/

Most of all VOTE! Have questions or need help with mail in voting Go to: https://www.usa.gov/how-to-vote


A Message from Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director & CEO

"Ballet Hispánico was born in New York City at a time when the city was burning, literally and figuratively, in the 1970s. Our black and brown communities were left to fend for ourselves in the harsh realities of the streets. We developed ways of coping and celebrating, and dance became an expression of activism. While deplorable brutalities were occurring on the streets, hip hop was born of black and brown voices.

Ballet Hispánico’s founding was about giving voice to that marginalized, often-forgotten community. It was, and is still, a glorious vision that demands there are seats at the table for Latinx people in the arts. And that is why today we stand with the black community, to aid in the amplification of their voices and their rights. The atrocities that continue to plague our black brothers and sisters must stop. But it can only stop if we unite. We must come together and demand justice, equity and peace for all communities.

Ballet Hispánico is an organization that lives diversity daily, providing our multi-racial, different-bodied youth the opportunity to find their passions in a safe space.

We understand that the black community’s issues are our issues. That is what community is about. And we stand with you!"



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Numbers to Text & Call

  • Text FLOYD to 55-156
  • Text JUSTICE to 66-8336
  • Text ENOUGH to 55-165
  • Call DA Mike Freeman (612) 348-5550 to Demand Justice from the Minnesota PD

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