Share your voice and join our cause as we explore the expressive intersectional possibilities and combined power of art, sport and the rituals of collective singing for positive social change.
We invite you to connect and donate to The Institute for the Study of Sport, Society, and Social Change (ISSSC)—the birthplace of the Olympic Project for Human Rights. Support and engage with their programs and services that build on the legacy of social change, particularly as it pertains to the equity of women, girls, and non-binary athletes in sport.
IT’S TIME TO BRING BRITTNEY HOME.
WNBA superstar Brittney Griner has been wrongfully detained in Moscow since February 17, 2022. As a decorated Olympian and member of an elite global sport community, the lack of visibility and progress around her situation reveals how Black and Brown women, girls, and gender expansive people are deprioritized—and exposes the cascading impact of pay inequity issues in women’s sport.
Join @wnpba and @athletes4impact in demanding The White House and Biden Administration bring Brittney home swiftly and safely by taking action today.
1. Call the White House at 202-456-1111 to demand Griner’s immediate release. Write to your senators and representatives.
2. Sign the petition to #BringBrittneyHome at www.change.org/wearebg
3. Follow @wnbpa and @athletes4impact for updates.
4. Share #WeAreBG widely on social and use every opportunity to bring attention to BG’s case
5. Visit wearebg.org to stay involved
We also invite you to engage with the below key calls-to-action and athlete activism resources in solidarity with players’ support for Black Lives Matter and other actions that promote the notion they are more than an athlete—and use their voices as a platform for racial justice and gender equity.
Why sing FEELING GOOD right now? Read our FAQ & Media Kit.
Additional Key Calls-to-Action
Sign the #DemandIX Pledge at http://demandix.org/ to fight for equity and justice by advocating for strong Title IX protections and enforcement.
EDUCATE yourself on Olympic Rule 50. Read the joint open letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to support athlete’s right to protest at the Paralympics and Olympics. #Rule50 // READ Olympic athlete Gwendolyn Barry’s “Sports, Politics, Protest—and the Olympics” letter here.
JOIN The Equity Project & Sign The Equity Pledge powered by the Women’s Sports Foundation
ENGAGE with the Same Game Tookit by Canadian Women & Sport: a step by step online toolkit to help you bring your gender equity vision to life
LISTEN to burn it all down podcast – Hot Take: Demanding the NCAA Support Trans Athletes and Episode 195: Trans Women and Trans Girls Belong in Women’s Sport
WATCH Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers, Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives: Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers (video from the National LGBTQ Task Force Creating Change Conference)
PARTICIPATE in Rally the Vote—a nonpartisan coalition of sports franchises teaming up to register fans to vote and participate in elections.
Key Title IX Resources
Amira Rose Davis video essay (ESPN)
Title IX: 37 Words That Changed America (Candace Parker’s documentary)
Sports Legacies Title IX Created (ESPN)
Title IX Falling Short at 50 (USA Today)
Title IX Then and Now virtual program (National Archives)
Decades after Title IX, Girls Face Tough Battles on and Off the Field (PBS NewsHour)
Athletes Unlimited Voices of Title IX (TEDx)
Dear Singer and Supporter,
As former college athletes, we have noticed that we do not sing much together for women’s sports. And while there has been some progress since the enactment of Title IX, we continue to see disparities in access, pay equity, working conditions, leadership and coaching opportunities, sports coverage (and the largely invisible work of athlete activists in women’s sports). These systemic barriers and conditions especially reverberate for Black, women and non-binary athletes of color, who live at the intersection of racial injustice and gender inequity. We have also noticed the well documented ways in which collective singing can help to cultivate joint perspectives, charge our courage, and touch each other at a distance (as we have especially seen during this time of physical distancing.).
This is why, since 2019, we have been inviting athletes, sports fans, students, and community allies to join us in singing ‘Feeling Good’—the song made famous by Nina Simone—as a call-to-action, an anthem of solidarity for women’s athletics and a more racially just, equitable community.
Why sing ‘Feeling Good’ right now? It is important to remember that Nina Simone sang about “a bold world, a new world”—in 1965, at a time of oppressive and violent systemic racism and personal struggles with domestic abuse and bi-polar depression. The invitation is to be emboldened by Simone’s radical example in the midst of our own unprecedented moment and need for a different kind of future.
Our project acknowledges, celebrates, and builds upon the deep legacy of Black athlete activism at SJSU, the birthplace of the Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR). This was a movement founded by Dr. Harry Edwards and Ken Noel that culminated in the iconic protest of 1968 Olympic medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos. We are continuing to see the impact of Carlos’ and Smith’s Olympic gesture with the WNBA, NBA and other athletes and supporters taking actions in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. We are also seeing the impact of BIPOC and LGBTQ athletes in women’s sport—from the groundbreaking work of 2x Olympic gold medalist Wyomia Tyus’ in the ‘68 Olympics, Volleyball’s Flo Hyman, Tennis’ Althea Gibson, Billie Jean King, Serena and Venus Williams, WNBA’s Maya Moore, Soccer’s Abby Wambach and Megan Rapinoe and others to the amazing work of our student athletes today.
We launched FEELING GOOD on February 2020 in concert with National Girls and Women in Sports Day as part of a San Jose State women’s basketball game halftime flash sports singing performance with the help of hundreds of SJSU Choir members hidden in the stands and the amazing Spartan Marching Band. After the singing, fans were invited to visit our partner affinity group tables to learn more about how to get involved and engaged with the movement of equity and inclusivity. Hundreds have added their voices both live and in person as part of a cycle of art and sporting events. Our thanks to all who added their voices and to all of our collaborators who have made this project possible. Check out our inaugural highlight reel to learn more about the work that we are doing together.
We invite you to share your voice and join our cause as we explore the ways in which art, sport, and collective singing rituals can embolden our voices to work towards a more equitable and inclusive community—both on and off the playing field.
In song and solidarity,
Mel Day & Dr. Akilah R. Carter-Francique, PhD
@wallofsongproject E: Melissa.email@example.com / mmd.ca
@doctafrancique / franciquesportandeducation.com