In 2014, when news broke that the police officer who shot and killed Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri would not be indicted, Minneapolis singer-songwriter Jayanthi Kyle transformed her grief and frustration into art. She teamed up with fellow musician Wes Burdine to co-write a protest song that would go on to become a fixture at racial justice protest rallies in the Twin Cities. I interviewed Kyle for the BBC’s Cultural Frontline about the genesis and impact of the song, which is titled “Hand in Hand,” and how it became an unofficial anthem for the local Black Lives Matter movement. (Photo credit: Tony Webster)
Editor’s note: Another version of this story aired on KFAI as part of the station’s Minneculture series on Minnesota arts, culture, history, and the environment.