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Any Bit of Positivity We Can Put Out Right Now in Our Country Is Much Needed: Sevyn Streeter on Women’s March on Washington & Anthem Controversy


Dennis LeupoldSaturday’s Women’s March on Washington has the support of numerous artists, including BeyoncéJanelle MonáeMaxwellQuestlove and now, Sevyn Streeter. The Girl Disrupted singer tells ABC Radio that the need for and importance of the event is tremendous. 

“I think it’s uplifiting and it’s motivating and I think it’s amazing. And we all need a little bit of that,” she says. “It’s a women’s march, but any bit of positivity and that type of energy that we can put out right now, in our country, is much needed.”  

Those participating in the march will come together to unite against social injustice, which Sevyn understands very well. Last October, the vocalist was scheduled to sing the national anthem during a Philadelphia 76ers versus Oklahoma Thunder basketball game. However, backstage she was told she could not perform wearing a “We Matter” jersey.   

“A representative from the organization came in and he saw my jersey, my ‘We Matter’ jersey, and told me that I couldn’t perform. That I couldn’t sing the anthem unless I were to change my shirt. I really didn’t get it. I knew my shirt came from a peaceful place, a positive place. I just wanted to spread awareness about an ongoing injustice in our country,” Sevyn explains.

The Women’s March on Washington is a women-led grassroots movement created to take a stand on a variety of social justice and human rights issues. For more information, check out  

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