In his inaugural speech yesterday, President Obama renewed the atmosphere of service surrounding this election. He drew on a familiar theme from his campaign, that we each have a role to play in shaping the changes we wish to see in the world: “What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.”
In line with this call to action, singer, songwriter, and HIV/AIDS activist Annie Lennox joined us at GPF. In the video below, she speaks of finding a way to direct her own unique talents toward a shared goal. Standing in a plain t-shirt with the bold words “HIV POSITIVE”, she describes her realization that the collective experience of music – broadcast across nations – can be incredibly powerful, and of her decision to use her voice to “raise focus to issues in the most beautiful – way, not intellectually, but emotionally.” Her issue is HIV/AIDS awareness, and she spoke to it with sincerity, grace, and inspiration. She then gifted us with a soulful song and piano performance, included below.
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