Chrisette Michele has shared an open letter via her blog to address the reactions concerning her performance at the inauguration ceremony of President-Elect Donald Trump.
In the letter titled “We Can’t Be Present If We’re Silent,” she says she is “willing to be a bridge” for the country.
“My heart is broken for our country, for the hopes of our children, for the fights of those who came before us. I cry at the thought that Black History, American History might be in vain. This country has had great moments. God has shined His light upon us. Today, I hope that Great Moments begin in peaceful & progressive conversation. I am willing to be a bridge. I don’t mind “These Stones”, if they allow me to be a voice for the voiceless,” she writes.
With “these stones” she is referring to the backlash she’s received after news broke that she had agreed to perform at the ceremony.
In the open letter, Grammy Award-winning singer also references Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by adding:
“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about what matters,”. I am here, representing you, because this is what matters.”
On Wednesday, Questlove tweeted that he’d pay her to not perform at the ceremony. Talib Kweli seconded him.
(Image Source: Chrisette Michele’s Instagram)