Every Man, Woman and Child
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Music to Teach & Activate Human Rights

peace day logo  play on spotifyEvery Man, Woman and Child is a musical presentation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) released in various formats. The first iteration of the original ballad (listen on Amazon | Spotify) was the FIRST grassroots musical expression of the UDHR, and was performed by a children's chorus at the UN in 1987. Since then, the project has evolved and expanded to dozens of expresssions.    

Listen to all the versions of Every Man, Woman, and Child on Spotify.

Watch the world premiere of Every Living Soul (non-binary version) on YouTube.

With human rights under threat everywhere, and confusion about where we're heading, communities around the globe can physically move, groove, meditate, and more, on the meaning of this lofty idea in our everyday lives, though this uplifting and beautiful music.

Human Rights come into focus globally on
Peace Day, September 21, and Human Rights Day, December 10.
Put your musical events on the United Nations World Peace Event Map!


Article 1: Right to Equality        Article 2: Freedom from Discrimination         Article 3: Right to Life, Liberty, Personal Security        Article 4: Freedom from Slavery         Article 5: Freedom from Torture and Degrading Treatment         Article 6: Right to Recognition as a Person before the Law         Article 7: Right to Equality before the Law         Article 8: Right to Remedy by Competent Tribunal         Article 9: Freedom from Arbitrary Arrest and Exile         Article 10: Right to Fair Public Hearing         Article 11: Right to be Considered Innocent until Proven Guilty         Article 12: Freedom from Interference with Privacy, Family, Home and Correspondence         Article 13: Right to Free Movement in and out of the Country        Article 14: Right to Asylum in other Countries from Persecution         Article 15: Right to a Nationality and the Freedom to Change It        Article 16: Right to Marriage and Family        Article 17: Right to Own Property        Article 18: Freedom of Belief and Religion         Article 19: Freedom of Opinion and Information        Article 20: Right of Peaceful Assembly and Association        Article 21: Right to Participate in Government and in Free Elections        Article 22: Right to Social Security        Article 23: Right to Desirable Work and to Join Trade Unions Article 24: Right to Rest and Leisure        Article 25: Right to Adequate Living Standard         Article 26: Right to Education         Article 27: Right to Participate in the Cultural Life of a Community         Article 28: Right to a Social Order that Articulates this Document         Article 29: Community Duties Essential to Free and Full Development        Article 30: Freedom from State or Personal Interference in the above Rights

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Every Man, Woman, and Child & Every Living Soul is an educational performance piece by composer Merrill Collins based on The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Community groups of all types can use this project to cultivate and perpetuate the deepest levels of respect between people and toward all of life.

This was the first grassroots arts project to embody and promote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, premiering in 1987. The original project manual was displayed at the United Nations Center in Geneva as an example that has inspired thousands of expressions at the grassroots level since then.

This new version, dedicated to the 75th Anniversary of the UDHR and written with co-author Kristen Caven, contains scores for both EMWC and the new non-binary version Every Living Soul. Also included in this 150+ page volume is the history of this piece and detailed instructions on how to present the 30 articles of the world's foundational human rights document in any language through singing, dancing, meditating, doing yoga, and community ceremonies.

Schools, studios, museums, civic organizations, and places of worship-any community wishing to create a uniting event-will find this exciting and uplifting project easy to implement with this well-prepared toolkit.

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How to Participate

1Choose a project

12Get the scores or recordingsplay on spotify

3Get the workbook

Plan your event



Spread the word using our PSAs (or make your own!)

Rehearse, learn, create, share!

ACTIVATE Human Rights on Peace Day, Human Rights Day or ANY day.

Choose your project:


emwc african coverDance Party

Choose a song to teach, perform, or move together independently:

HighLife featuring Pope Flyne has a long break for doing your own readings of the UDHR. Amazon | iTunes| YouTube | Spotify

Hip Pop featuring Austin Starchild includes a reading of all the articles. | Amazon | iTunes| YouTube | Spotify


"Beautifully realized"
—Contemporary Fusion Reviews

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Yoga Flow

Practice or teach a yoga asana with intention of activating one or all human rights.

Yoga Flow I featuring Kimberly Haynes Amazon | iTunes | YouTube | Spotify

Yoga Flow II featuring Vito Gregoli Amazon | iTunes | YouTube | Spotify

Yoga Flow Suite full album
Amazon | iTunes | YouTube | Spotify


emwc meditation coverMeditation

Add voiceover guided imagery to the meditation tracks ~ or just breathe and expand.

Five-part meditation featuring Merrill Collins on piano with various artists | Amazon | iTunes | YouTube | Spotify

The original ballad featuring Harrison Crenshaw and Michelle Crenshaw | Amazon | iTunes | YouTube | Spotify

A short instrumental track of the original song YouTube | Spotify |

Get the MEDITATION guide here.










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A professional performance or a community sing-along creates a space to read all of or a selection of the 30 UDHR articles in any language. This is THE best way to bringing the voices of your community together!


Get inspired by the whole playlist on Spotify

SING guide coming soon | contact us



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A NEW orchestration honoring the 75th anniversary of the UDHR was premiered in spring, 2023, with a gender-neutral chorus of "Every Living Soul." Prepared by Dr. David Stern for professional, college, high school, and elementary school orchestras.



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Create your own musical expression using the themes and motifs of Every Man, Woman, and Child, and fully engage your community. Record new music, elaborate on one of the 30 articles, claim your musical style. Start with the sheet music and write the publisher for license/publishing info!


We want to add YOUR audio and video performance of this piece to our playlist!   

Press Releases 2019: Peace Day 9/21 | Human Rights Day 12/10                            


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An album full of background clips for promoting dances, meditations, or readings of Every Man, Woman, and Child. Purchase full album or individual tracks here.


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