C'ville All-Stars Aretha Franklin Tribute to Benefit the Heather Heyer Foundation
The C'ville All-Stars musical group paid tribute to Aretha Franklin on December 22 by performing at a benefit concert for the Heather Heyer Foundation.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The C'ville All-Stars musical group paid tribute to the queen of soul on December 22 by performing at a benefit concert for the Heather Heyer Foundation.
The benefit concert honored the woman killed in the car attack last August 12, 2017.
All of the admission proceeds from tonight's event go toward the Heather Heyer Foundation's scholarship program.
For Susan Bro, this concert is about more than just remembering the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
“Aretha Franklin, oh my god what a an icon of our history and our civil rights history."
It's also about remembering and honoring her daughter.
“She was just starting to find her voice in activism,” said Bro. “Heather believed in equality, heather believed in justice and fairness and she believed in activism.”
Bro along with others at the Heather Heyer Foundation are carrying on Heyer's legacy by giving back to others.
“It means the world to me to have this benefit concert for Heather and the Heather Heyer Foundation, it keeps people aware of what's going on our community. It keeps Heather's name alive,” said Alfred Wilson, with the Heather Heyer Foundation. “Giving the money directly to the students, so that way if they needed to buy a laptop before school they can do so. If they needed to buy books.”
The foundation plans to more than double the amount of student scholarships, thanks to the help of the community and events like this.
“One of the major requirements for the getting the Heather Heyer Foundation scholarship is you have to already be an activist in a positive, non-violent way,” stated Bro.
The scholarships are $1,000 each.
The Heather Heyer Foundation hopes to award the funds to eight high school students, and one student already attending a higher education institution.