America has always struggled to meet its promise of liberty and justice for all, but recently it feels like the country has taken a giant step backwards in the fight for equality. It was only a year ago when the president of the United States defended white supremacists and neo-Nazis rallying in Charlottesville, Virginia. While on a local level, advocates for criminal justice reform were outraged when the police officers responsible for the killing of unarmed Black motorist Aaron Bailey walked away from the murder scene with impunity.

If you’re looking for an outlet to process all of this, a group of Indianapolis artists and activists have you covered. The Wake 2018 is happening on Friday, August 3 at the Silver Centre Event Hall (10202 E. Washington Street). Organized by Dominic Dorsey of the Don’t Sleep activist group, The Wake 2018 features over 25 musicians, spoken word poets, visual artists, dancers, and theatrical performers.

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Theon Lee

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Mariah Ivey

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Joshua A. Thompson

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Manon Voice

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Too Black

Kyle Long pens A Cultural Manifesto for NUVO Newsweekly and in 2014 began broadcasting a version of his column on WFYI.

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