The Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change and The Wall of Song Project invite you to sing Nina Simone’s FEELING GOOD as a call-to-action, an anthem of solidarity for women’s athletics and a more equitable, racially just community.
An ongoing collaborative art project, FEELING GOOD acknowledges, celebrates, and builds upon the deep legacy of Black athlete activism at SJSU. Join us as we explore the ways in which art and collective singing rituals can, despite our social realities, embolden our voices to work towards a more inclusive community, particularly for BIPOC female-identified athletes and girls, who live at the intersection of gender inequity and racial injustice.
Don’t worry if you can’t sing—it’s not a solo. Your voice will be merged with hundreds of others.
Your face will become part of a growing sea of faces, creating a “Wall of Song”.
Don’t worry if you can’t sing—it’s not a solo. Your voice will be merged with hundreds of others. Your face will become part of a growing sea of faces, creating a “Wall of Song”. The video chorus will be shared as part of a series of sports stadia singing events, evolving video installations, and calls-to-action in collaboration with our partners here.
Launched at San José State, the birthplace of the Olympic Project for Human Rights, on February 24th, 2020 as part of an SJSU Women’s Basketball Game half-time participatory performance in concert with National Girls and Women in Sports Day and many other campuses, community affinity groups, cultural partners and participants, FEELING GOOD continues to grow. Share your voice and join our cause here.
SING? LEARN MORE
STEP 1. PUT ON HEADPHONES
Put your earphones in!
By using earphones throughout this process, only your voice will be recorded and layered with many others in the growing video chorus.
STEP 2. REVIEW SINGING VIDEO
Take a peek at below Video 1.
You will be singing along to this video, guided by the song lyrics in captions. Please note that the first verse and one small section at the end are sung as a call and response. Nina sings when the text is in GOLD; You sing together when the text is in BLUE. Rewind Video 1 to the beginning when you are done.
STEP 3. ALLOW CAMERA AND MICROPHONE
Click “allow” on Video 2 to activate your camera and mic.
You should see yourself now.
*Some browsers may require you to update or enable flash player settings.
STEP 4. START RECORDING
Press the red record button on Video 2 to start the recording. Then press play on Video 1 and sing along to the BLUE text.
It doesn’t have to be perfect. Your footage will be gathered with many others. Together, we are collectively resonant!
STEP 5. AUTO-SAVE VIDEO
When you have finished press the red record button a second time to stop the recording. The video should save automatically.
That′s it! Feel free to give it another go—refresh the page to begin the process again. Thank you for adding your voice!
FOLLOW BELOW VIDEO TO SING
San José State is the birthplace of the Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR), a movement founded by Harry Edwards and Ken Noel that culminated in the iconic protest of Olympic medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos. SJSU created the Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change (ISSSSC) to honor this legacy and continue the dialogue about the influence of sport in effecting positive social change. #SJSUwordstoaction
EVENTS & PERFORMANCES
THANK YOU FOR ADDING YOUR VOICE
San José State University’s Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change (ISSSSC), and Mel Day, artist, SJSU interdisciplinary art lecturer, and co-founder of The Wall of Song Project would like to thank the many athlete’s fans, students, staff, and community supporters who have added their voices so far as well as the following collaborative partners for their generous, ongoing support of FEELING GOOD.