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The Arts and the Election: What Now?

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Emmanuel chapter.

Similar to many of my fellow Americans,  I am appalled, disgusted, and ashamed by the results of the election on Tuesday. I am still in denial about our next president, but I am aware that we, as a nation, have to keep moving forward. We must show that love trumps hate, bigotry, and violence. I’ve compiled a list of some speeches, performances, and pieces of art that have inspired me during this unnerving period in American history.

This performance has circulated the internet before, but their words still resonate with me. I am choosing to channel my anger and sadness into change. We owe it to these women, and to all women, to do so.

“We Shall Overcome” is associated with the civil rights movement, but the message remains the same. When they go low, we go high.  

“Glory” was written for the film Selma. It contains powerful statements on civil rights and the #blacklivesmatter movement.

The Laramie Project is a play comprised of interviews from the town of Laramie, Wyoming after the murder of a young gay man.This is a documentary-style movie adaptation of the play, and it should be noted that many characters use hateful language and depict triggering situations. As an ally, I promise to stand with the LGBTQ community.

Probably the most obvious choice, Imagine exemplifies peace.

Art is a beautiful way to express emotion and create change. Get angry. Cry, yell, sleep, scream. Then, create. Sing, write, protest, volunteer. Let’s use the arts as a vehicle for change.

Eimile Bowden is a senior at Emmanuel College and is the President of the Her Campus Emmanuel chapter. She is a double major in English Writing and Literature and Theatre Arts. Eimile's other hobbies include tie dying, rewatching grey's anatomy, and playing with dogs. 
Sammy is a senior at Emmanuel College, majoring in English: Communications & Media Studies with a minor in Music-Theater. She discovered Her Campus through College Fashion Week: Boston, and has since re-launched Emmanuel's chapter and become a National Intern. On campus, Sammy gives weekly tours as an Admissions Ambassador, is a member of the Honors Program and stars in an as many theatrical productions as possible. She was also an Orientation Leader for the Class of 2019. Outside of school, she works as a sales associate at Charlotte Russe and manages a personal style blog called Backyard Beauty. An obsessive organizer, social media addict and fashion maven, Sammy dreams of living a lavish life as a magazine contributor in New York City after graduation. Follow her on Twitter @sammysays19 and Instagram @backyardbeautyxo or visit backyardbeautyxo.tumblr.com/.