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Violin Vigil

After the death of Elijah McClain, an amateur violinist, musicians around the country began holding Violin Vigils. United Strings of Color wanted to follow suit as a response to our current time of reckoning and calls for societal transformation. The Violin Vigils incorporate poetry and music to commemorate Black lives lost and to call for equal justice for all.

USC and guest musicians at first Violin Vigil

May 1 St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, Raleigh

From Classical Voice of North Carolina reviewer of the first Violin Vigil: "There's hope for our nation, when there are youngsters like these poets and instrumentalists who are prepared to propel us into a more united, more peaceful future." Read the full review by clicking here.


May 5 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Memorial Gardens, Raleigh

USC with Roger Floyd at Day  of Enlightenment event

May 25, Day of Enlightenment

Raleigh Little Theatre Amphitheatre

We were honored that Roger Floyd, George's Uncle, attended and spoke. WRAL filmed the entire event, which can be viewed here. ABC11 gave an overview that can be viewed here.  The United Strings of Color raised $600 for the proposed George Floyd Memorial Center.

USC performing for Juneteenth at Dix Park, Raleigh

First Raleigh Juneteenth Celebration

at Dix Park

USC at the African American Cultural Festival

African American Cultural Festival

Chavis Memorial Park

United Strings of Color offered an Instrument Zoo and Violin Vigil performance during the Festival on September 5, 2021.

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