Joy is an act of resistance.
That was the message of the performance that brought the 10th annual Women in the World Summit to an exhilarating close on Friday after three spectacular days. Delivered loud and clear by the Resistance Revival Chorus, their message rang through the theater like a battle hymn: “Walking and talking with my mind stayed on freedom.”
A collective of more than 60 women led by Broadway singer and educator Abena Koomson-Davis, the group appeared on stage ensconced in flowing white clothing. From that moment on, they took the audience on an uplifting vocal journey as their voices floated up to the high, domed ceiling of Lincoln Center.
The Resistance Revival Chorus was forged in the summer of 2017, just months after the U.S. elected a president who had publicly bragged about sexually assaulting women. They made it their mission to score the burgeoning resistance movement with uplifting, joyful music that draws its power and inspiration from the struggle for justice and equality.
“They can take a lot, but they cannot take our joy,” is how Chorus Co-Founder Ginny Suss has described the collective’s philosophy. “Celebrating joy as a form of resistance has become our mission and has given us the strength to continue to stand up for what matters.”
Amen to that.