Alika Hope and the Ray of Hope Project recently joined host Ryan Kristafer on the set of CT Style. The interview and performance aired on WTNH News 8 in Connecticut on May 10, 2016. During the interview, Alika provided background on Ray of Hope’s programs for students and teachers that focus on history and social justice education.
Ryan: You are doing great work here in the community.
Alika: We do a lot of work around the history of African-American spirituals and how white abolitionists and African Americans worked together to free slaves from the south. We travel to schools, museums and libraries across the country and have kids listen to the music and produce their own projects around social justice and themes that are going on today.
Ryan: What’s the biggest takeaway for you. I’m sure you’re impacted by these students.
Alika: The kids have been teaching me there is a line between what happened in the past and things that are going on now and how we can draw kids in to make a change in the world. That’s what I like to see, that kids are really making a difference.
After the interview, Alika was joined on “Stage 8” by Ray of Hope Project artists John Henry Langley, Lawrence V. White and Dexter Pettaway for a performance of the African-American spiritual “Ain’t Gonna Study War No More.” The song is one of 12 tracks on Hope For A Motherless Child, the new album currently available on iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby.