From 2019-2022 artist Mel Day, Dr. Akilah Carter-Francique, The Institute for the Study of Sports Society & Social Change and affinity partners collaborated to amplify the voices of fans and athletes in women’s sport who search for equity and joy. Hundreds were invited to sing FEELING GOOD—the song made famous by Nina Simone—as part of a growing video and choral ensemble and generative series of art and sporting events. 

‘Feeling Good’ Project launched at San José State—the birthplace of the 1968 Olympic Project for Human Rights—on February 24th, 2020, as part of an SJSU Women’s Basketball Game half-time performance and affinity partner tabling event. The performance synced a Jumbotron video and choral ensemble with the voices of fans, The Spartan Marching Band, and over a hundred SJSU Choir members hidden in the stands. Here is a highlight reel from the inaugural event that launched a few weeks before the COVID shutdown.

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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-). 

Dr. Akilah

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

Mel Day

Artist, former college athlete, co-founder of The Wall of Song Project, and Interdisciplinary Art Lecturer, Art and Art History Department, SJSU, CA


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



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