Revive Love tour coming to Nashville to help people cope with emotions of police shootings

Revive Love tour coming to Nashville to help people cope with emotions of police shootings (WZTV)

Recent police shootings in Tulsa and Oklahoma have evoked emotion in Nashville residents.

For the Rev. Sekou and the Holy Ghost performing is more than just music.

It's a way to deal with the emotions of recent police shootings.

"We personally as musicians go up there because we have to let some weight off," Singer and bassist Jay-Marie Hill. "Really create this space (for) people to know we're in this together."

Friday the group along with organizations affiliated with Black Lives Matter like the Black Lives of U.U. and Southerners on New Ground are holding the Revive Live Tour to halo Nashville deal with emotions many are feeling in the wake of two high profile police shootings this week.

"Black people are getting murdered and that is painful. It involves a sense of rage and despair," said Lena Gardner, a member of Black Lives Matter and Black Lives of UU.

That rage has been on full display this week with the riots in Charlotte.

Nashville NAACP President Ludye Wallace says something similar could happen here if there's a questionable police shooting.

"I think anywhere there is a questionable killing of an individual there will be protests," said Wallace.

Wallace says Nashville Police have a better relationship with the community than others but he still worries about officers' training and the fact they don't have body cameras.

Hill's music is proof the police shootings have a real emotional impact all over the country including Nashville.

She plans to address them in Friday's performance at the Revive Love Tour.

It starts at 8Pm at Wightman Chapel in the Scarritt Bennett Center.

"I hope one day we only sing these songs to remember how it used to be and in the future it's not like that anymore," said Hill.

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