An exhibit of Tony's artwork will be held at
In Association with
Indy Media Brum & The Friends of Mikey Powell Campaign
“Together We Are”
4th Anniversary Event In memory of Mikey Powell
And in support of Texas death row inmate
Tony Egbuna Ford
A night of live music, art & speakers commemorating the death of Mikey Powell (a cousin of artiste, writer and activist Benjamin Zephaniah) who died in police custody in September 2003,
and in support of Tony Egbuna Ford an innocent Black man awaiting execution at the hands of the brutal US state of Texas
Live performances by
From the United States: Capital X and The Welfare Poets
There will also be a photography and art display from death row inmates
Friday 7th September 2007 (Doors open 7.30pm until late)
The Rainbow, 160 High Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B12 0LD
'Together We Are' was a vibrant night of live music, arts and poetry commemorating the death of Mikey Powell, who died in police custody in September 2003, and in support of Tony Egbuna Ford, an innocent black man awaiting a death sentence in Texas, USA.
There were blazing live performances by Capital X, The Welfare Poets, Princess Emmanuelle & Friends, Yaz Alexander and The Tribunes.
Thanks also go out to Sam, Alex and others at IndyMedia Birmingham who assisted with securing the venue, publicity, and press and radio interviews. Friends and family members also helped on the night and provided support and advice in the planning of the event.
The campaign would also express appreciation to Newstyle Radio, BBC West Midlands and Smooth Radio for giving airtime about the event and the work of 4WardEver, The Mikey Powell Campaign and the Family Advisory Support Trust.
This was a special night enjoyed by all present. We cannot thank enough those artistes that have supported this event every year since Mikey’s death (Yaz Alexander, Princess Emmanuelle), regular contributors since 2006 (The Tribunes); and this years selfless contributions from Capital X and the Welfare Poets.
Special thanks to Tippa Naphtali who made it all happen!
this powerful message:
"The death of Mikey Powell is something that should resonate with everyone in the
Art and Soul was an evening of music, art and education - a coming together of artists from both London and New York in support of Tony Egbuna Ford. An art exhibit showcased the immense talents that thrive even within the steel and razor wire of Texas Death Row.
Much love and solidarity was shown by:
WHEN WE COME TOGETHER
Often, people from different walks of life cannot see the commonality they share with each other. People will separate themselves for any number of reasons. From religion, race, gender, class… Sadly, such separation has found its way into the struggle community. The good news however, is that just as different religions, races, genders and classes have come together to form a collective voice against societal injustice in all its forms, so too can the struggle community.
Recently an event was held called “Art and Soul: Voices from Death Row”, which highlighted my fight for Justice and Freedom from
When we come together, we not only show that we support each other’s plight, but also that we empathise with each other’s sorrow, pain and loss. It has been said that an injustice in one place is an injustice for everyone. By uniting across the wide spectrum as we have within the struggle community, we show that we will stand against injustice and stand with those of particular struggles against injustice wherever it may be.
The death of Mikey Powell is something that should resonate with everyone in the
A concerted effort will be made to continue to bring events such as the March 24th Art and Soul event, to more cities there in the
I thank 4Ward Ever, Ken Fero, Tippa Naphtali, United Families and Friends, the various artists here on death row who contributed artwork, the artists/ poets who performed/ spoke. The volunteers who helped. And most of all my beloved wife,
In Strength and In Spirit!
Tony Egbuna Ford
The 4WardEver Campaign worked in association with Migrant Media and the Free Tony Egbuna Ford Campaign to stage this event in support of the fight for Justice of Tony Ford, another innocent victim of the Texas State capital punishment killing machine; and solidarity with all the other innocent inmates held in US prisons under sentence of death.
This event, which took place on 24th March 2007 in London , also included a show of solidarity with families fighting against deaths and abuses in custody in the UK, and screening of award winning US film DEADLINE.
An evening among spoken word royalty and featuring the poetic presence of
Tony Egbuna Ford
Spoken word performances by:
Bro. Said, Equality, Jerome, Black Lotus, Arella, Shai, Obidike Kamau Ph.D., Women Poets
House Band: Funk Bank
Performing Artists: Epiphany, Ayo Codrington, and Tony Henry, DJ Kool MD
Visual Artist: George McCloud
Hosted by: Zin of SOS Radio
Produced by: Akua Holt