Sankofoa.org, known as a social justice organization founded by Harry Belafonte, released “Hanging Tree” music video starring Grammy Award-Winning singer Elijah Blake.
“I wrote “Hanging Tree” as a way to use my voice for equal rights, especially black rights, in the aftermath of tragedies like Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice and so many others whose voices have been silenced,” said Blake according to Fader. When I recorded this song, I wanted to have a way to express my feelings, despite at the time not having an album to attach this to. I was lucky that a friend of mine introduced me to the work the Sankofa organization is doing and it really resonated with me. I felt their work embodied the same message I wanted to convey with this song. As a result, the Sankofa organization and I have combined efforts to spread this important message of equality through this amazing video, as well as through their EP17 Project, where the song was originally released.”
Written and produced by Blake and directed by Sean Alexander, this visual music video shows the injustices in a corrupt socioeconomic system. It also features artists such as Ty Dolla $ign, Raphael Saadiq, and Mali Music.
Watch the music video below: