Cover artwork of the Community Issue: Pen and colored pencil illustrations of people of different genders, ethnicities, and sizes clustered together in harmony
Make Them Hear You, Kid
Close-up of the Community issue

This is about a song called “Make Them Hear You,” and a boy named Rory Leech. I’ll tell you about the song, and I’ll let Rory tell you the rest.

The song, from the musical Ragtime, was written for the character of Coalhouse Walker, Jr., an African American man who urges the members of his gang to protest racial injustice peacefully, even though he himself will end up its martyr. It was the penultimate song in the show.

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Lynn Ahrens 
Lynn Ahrens 

wrote lyrics for Ragtime, Once On This Island, A Christmas Carol, Anastasia, Seussical, Lucky Stiff, A Man of No Importance, Dessa Rose, The Glorious Ones, Rocky, and the upcoming Marie and Knoxville. She’s won Tony, Drama Desk, Emmy, and Olivier Awards, plus multiple Oscar and Grammy nominations, and is a member of the Theater Hall of Fame. She co-founded the DGF Fellows program and is a member of Council at the Guild.