Bryan Eason - lead artist
District 19, 2, Elizabeth Park, Fisk and Buena Vista
Bryan Eason is being awarded $4,000 for “Civil Rap Movement,” a direct action music project that can be described as young people telling a positive story about themselves to a relevant soundtrack. Bryan Eason, musician, educator, and youth advocate will partner with the Nashville Peacemakers along with the Children’s Defense Fund through the Nashville Freedom Schools organization (youth literacy program) in April to create two positive songs remixed by student lyric groups.The project focuses on sharing the “Civil Rap Movement “strategy with the “Nashville Peacemakers” so that their local youth base can be empowered to tell their stories. Through creating lyrics about themselves, Civil Rap Movement is seeking to open the door to greater literacy, student academic achievement, and to boost self-esteem. Better student achievement helps to foster youth violence reduction (which is a great concern for this neighborhood). The launch of “The Civil Rap Movement” develops positive outlets for the youth living in Elizabeth Park and Buena Vista, offering a real alternative to the oversaturation of negative music being produced in America.