- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club is part of an effort to promote social justice through the performance of a new musical piece.

The Ann Arbor school says the club recently premiered composer Joel Thompson’s “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed.”

The subjects of the seven-movement work include 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was fatally shot by police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was fatally shot in 2012 by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida.

Thompson says in a statement he “wanted to process my personal feelings about being a young black man in this very racially tense time we’re living in.”

The Glee Club plans to premiere a 30-minute documentary about the song April 27.

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Online:

Video about performance: https://myumi.ch/Jd94K

Glee Club: https://ummgc.org

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