As Harmony Heartland Region 4, we are ready to fearlessly use our voices to speak out against discrimination and injustice. We know doing this will require the hard work, trust, respect, and commitment of all our members.
As singers and artists, as barbershoppers and Sweet Adelines, it is time to do more than merely acknowledge our history of appropriation and institutional discrimination. In order to work toward these necessary changes, we resolve to the following:
- We firmly believe that Black Lives Matter.
- We are willing and eager to engage in difficult conversations in order to better hear the voices of BIPOC and to implement changes where they are needed.
- We are committed to removing songs from our regional repertoire that have music and lyrics rooted in systems of oppression. We will encourage our member choruses to do the same.
- We will continue to make strides toward more inclusive language in our educational materials and presentations at regional events.
- We will extend our culture of belonging to all BIPOC members, current and future, as well as those in other marginalized communities- including, but not limited to, our LGBTQIA+ singers and friends. We want everyone who sings on our risers or sits in our audiences to feel welcomed and included.
Our region welcomes women and those of other marginalized genders to sing with us. No matter your age, race, cultural or ethnic background, sexual orientation, religious belief, size, gender identity, or voice part- there is a place for you in Harmony Heartland Region 4.
You can reach the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of Region 4 at: [email protected]. All emails will be treated with confidentiality and care.
"I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better." ~ Maya Angelou