Journeys To Justice

Various Composers

These compositions are about love, justice, and experiences of being a Black American.

Journeys to Justice premieres on April 16, 2021 at 7:30 PM and is available for digital streaming until May 31.


These compositions are about love, justice, and experiences of being a Black American.

Songs for the African Violet

words and music by Jasmine Barnes

Two Black Churches
composed by Shawn Okpebholo
“Ballad of Birmingham” text by Dudley Randall | “The Rain” text by Marcus Amaker

“Your Daddy’s Son” from Ragtime
music by Stephen Flaherty
lyrics by Lynn Ahrens | book by Terrence McNally

The Talk: Instructions for Black Children When They Interact with the Police
words and music by Damien Geter

Night Trip
composed by Carlos Simon | libretto by Sandra Seaton

Songs of Love and Justice
by Dr. Adolphus Hailstork | text by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


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75 minutes, no intermission
English with captions
Production Type
Digital. Available until May 31, 2021
Content Alert
Use of a racial slur; expressions of racism and violence.

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Production Information

Journeys to Justice is sung in English with English captions. The performance is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes, without an intermission.

It is presented only on Portland Opera Onscreen, our digital channel. Digital access will be available until May 31. The recommended fee for a digital pass to view this production is $50, or patrons can set their own price with a minimum of $5.

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Portland Opera appreciates the ongoing support of our generous donors, National Endowment for the Arts, James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Community Foundation, MAC Cosmetics, Regional Arts and Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland, Multnomah County, and the Arts Education & Access Fund, and special support from The CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund.