NYU Steinhardt Music Community Partners With Black Theatre United to Create It’s New Theme Song and Video, ‘Stand For Change’

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Like BTU, Stand For Change was inspired by the tragic events of 2020 that sparked marches, demonstrations, protests and other forms of activism in support of racial justice in the United States. All proceeds from the sale of the record will support the ongoing efforts of Black Theatre United.

The full narration and lyrics are included here:

You cannot be afraid to speak up and speak out for what you believe.
You have to have courage, raw courage.

Stand for change!

I can’t tell you how, I can’t tell you when
But we’ll lay this burden down and lift our hearts again
Cause life has one refrain, one eternal flame
Nothing stays the same
So say their names…
Kneel down in righteous rage
And when you stand, take a stand for change

Stand for change…

We can curse the dark or we can light a light
Start with just one spark and burn forever bright
Freedom has its price, justice, sacrifice
But our eyes are on the prize
So say their names…
Kneel down in righteous rage
And when you stand, take a stand for change

Say their names
Stand up!
Say their names, stand for change

I can’t tell you how, I can’t tell you when
But we will never bend
So take a stand…
Stand up in righteous rage
Say his name, say her name, say their names
Cause they changed the world

Stand for change…
Stand for change …
Stand for change!

We will stand up for what is right, what is fair, and what is just.

Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed unless it is faced.

About the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Located in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village, NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development prepares students for careers in the arts, education, health, media and psychology. Since its founding in 1890, the Steinhardt School’s mission has been to expand human capacity through public service, global collaboration, research, scholarship, and practice. To learn more about NYU Steinhardt, visit steinhardt.nyu.edu.

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