From 2019-2022 artist Mel Day worked in collaboration with Dr. Akilah Carter-Francique, The Institute for the Study of Sports Society & Social Change and affinity partners to invite hundreds of fans to sing FEELING GOOD—the song made famous by Nina Simone—as an expanding video and choral ensemble and call to action for women’s sport and a more equitable, racially just community.
‘Feeling Good’ Project launched as a half-time performance at a San José State University Women’s Basketball Game on National Girls and Women in Sports Day on February 2020, with the voices of live and remote fans and a hundred SJSU Choir members hidden in the stands. The project grew into a generative series of art and sport events and exhibitions dedicated to amplifying voices in women’s sport who search for equity and joy.
ISSSSC's Sport Conversation for Change:
National Girls and Women in Sport Day & Title IX
Feb 17, 2022, 12－1pm PST (Virtual Event)
Developed by artist Mel Day in collaboration with Dr. Akilah Carter-Francique, The Institute for the Study of Sport, Society & Social Change, and affinity partners (2019-).
Dean for the School of Education, Health and Human Services, Benedict College, the former Executive Director for the Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change, Associate Professor,
Department of African American Studies, SJSU
It’s a new dawn / It’s a new day / It’s a new life / For me /
And I’m feeling good / I’m feeling good
— Feeling Good, the song made famous by Nina Simone