2024 Festival:
October 21–27

21. Rise Up!

21. Rise Up!

Update: Unfortunately, Chris Reed/Continental Breakfast is no longer able to join us for this event.

Andrea Warner’s Rise Up and Sing is an inspiring introduction to activism and social justice for young teens, showing the important role music plays in changing the world. Featuring musicians such as Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Lady Gaga, Lil Nas X, and iconic artists from past generations, Andrea’s book shows how music contributed to the fight for social justice—and continues to do so. She’s joined by musicians Missy D and Kimmortal each of whom will perform and speak to how they use music in their own activism. The book even includes a playlist with recommended songs about areas of activism. This is an event, and book, that is as uplifting as it is rocking. Grades 8–12.

Event Participants:

Missy D

MISSY D is a bilingual Hip Hop, Rap & Soul Artist who has been rapping since she was 11 years old in French and English coming from the 3 corners of the motherland (Rwanda, Côte d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe). Missy D’s French EP entitled Case Départ was released in April 2022.


KIMMORTAL aka Kim (they/them) is a multi hyphenate artist and musician. Their ancestry is from Pangasinan and Negros Occidental, Philippines. Combining their passion for hip hop, visual art, theatre, spoken word, ancestral wisdom, and liberation, Kimmortal is known for their multi-dimensional approach to music.

Andrea Warner

ANDREA WARNER is the author of the young adult book Rise Up and Sing! – Power, Protest, and Activism in Music. She’s the author of Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography, as well as co-writing and producing the documentary Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On. Andrea co-hosts the feminist pop culture podcast Pop This!