Musical activist Connie Lim, known as the performer MILCK, took the stage last week at Cal Poly Pomona’s University Theater to share art, activism and inspiration for others hoping to create change.
Lim debuted her single “Quiet” along with 25 other women during the Women’s March in D.C.
The song touched upon her experience with violent abuse.
Shortly after the march, a video of the group of women singing went viral and her career began to grow.
“I’m really into activism and women’s rights and I want to get involved, but I don’t know how to get involved,” said Erica Gutierrez, a fourth-year gender ethnic and multicultural studies student. “This gives me the opportunity to explore activism and get involved.”
Hosted by the Women’s Resource Center on campus, the event was filled with a female-dominated audience curious to learn more about activism and social change.
“It’s empowering and supporting knowing there are people going through similar stuff and knowing you can share your stories with them,” said Rosalina Arteaga, fifth-year landscape architecture student.
Wearing a glossy black leather jacket and combat boots, the musical activist from Los Angeles stepped onto a small stool on stage with a blinding spotlight placed on her and began her story in a soft-spoken voice.
According to Lim, on the surface she was a student leader who always conformed to the expectations of others starting with those of her strict family.
She struggled with anorexia and violent abuse and found music as an outlet to fight against abuse and negativity in her life.
In a dream, Lim relived her abuse and someone told her to keep quiet.
In that same dream, she replied with “I can’t keep quiet.”
This is where the inspiration for her single “Quiet” came from.
She couldn’t imagine the positive effect it would have.
“I can’t keep quiet makes you feel that you don’t have to be famous to make an impact,” said Jillian Furiga, fourth-year ethnic women’s studies student. “You can start out small.”
After Lim concluded her talk, staff of the Women’s Resource Center put together questions for Lim in a talk-show interview style.
She revealed her early participation in activism as a college student and spoke about the impact of her mentors.
At a time when so much negativity is surrounding the world, talks like these help students cope with their struggles.
The power of music is often underrated, but one song can impact a person’s life positively.
Much of the activism that MILCK takes apart in tries to empower people to overcome any and all obstacles.
An unexpected treat was in store for those who stayed until the end.
Lim performed after the talk including her single “Quiet.”
The crowd was taken aback by her powerful performance.
They snapped pictures and recorded videos of Lim’s emotional performance where she dedicated the first song to school shooting victims and performed her single “Quiet” during the last minutes of the event.
Amid sensitive topics and a strong performance, some teared up due to an emotional connection to the music.
Afterward, fans paraded around her merch table for photographs.
Lim will release a new single this year.
Updates of her music and personal life can be found on her Instagram account milckmusic.
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