A concert supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, which was to be held September 11 at Feinstein’s/54 Below under the direction of Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins, has been canceled due to conflicting viewpoints on the social issue.
An email sent to ticket buyers reads, “The owners and managers of [Feinstein’s/54 Below] strongly believe in and support the general thrust of the goals and objectives of BLM. However, since announcing the benefit they've become aware of a recent addition to the BLM platform that accuses Israel of genocide and endorses a range of boycott and sanction actions.
“Feinstein’s/54 Below would have preferred to hold the concert in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, without endorsing or appearing to endorse the entirety of the Black Lives Matter organization and its platform but we’ve found that a distinction impossible for us to effect.
“As we can’t support these positions, we’ve accordingly decided to cancel the concert.
“We’re sorry about this unfortunate situation which has not dimmed our commitment to supporting social justice.”
Concerts, with proceeds going to Black Lives Matter, were to be held September 11 at 7 PM and 9:30 PM.
The evening was being organized by Felicia Fitzpatrick, Michael R. Jackson and Jennifer Ashley Tepper, with consultation by Frank Leon Roberts and Adrienne Warren for the Broadway for Black Lives Matter Collective.
Participants included Lilli Cooper, Eisa Davis, Andre DeShields, Michael R. Jackson, Marcus Scott, Darius Smith and Brynn Williams as well as the AAPF-Say Her Name Organization and a representative from the New York chapter of Black Lives Matter.
(Updated September 7, 2016)