One of the honorees is Lyon's Pride member Barbara Smith '69.
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium
Mother Tongue: Monologues for Truth Bearing Women, Emerging Sons and Other Keepers of the Flame is a call for public deliberation! With beautiful imagery, evocative music and bold choreography, poets and actors dramatizing and performing community will speak of silences, allowances, sexual and racial dynamics that remain intensely controversial. Black men and boys will share center stage, ushering in a time for truth, a time for troubling the waters, and for claiming what's overdue. We continue to amplify the voices of Black women through testimony about histories and legacies of sexual violence enacted upon their own bodies. Black male allies will share center stage as powerful responders, challenging us as witnesses to take imaginative leaps from present states of institutionalized violence to futures where we possess the language and tools to dismantle rape culture at every stage and across generations.
Co-founder, Executive Director, Black Women's Blueprint, Founder, Museum of Women's Resistance (MoWRe)
Author, Political Scientist, Television Host and Liberal Political Commentator, MSNBC
Co-Founder, Combahee River Collective (1974), Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, & Council Member, Albany, NY
CHAIRS: Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Lisa Anderson, Beth Elaine Richie, Melinda Weekes,Tony Porter
DIRECTORS: Pope Jackson and Lorraine LaPrade
FEATURED ACTIVISTS and ARTISTS: Darnell Moore, Piper Anderson, Nina Angela Mercer, Haki Madhubuti, Quentin Walcott, Tony Porter, Oliver Williams, Akeel St. Vil, Adaku Utah, Daphne Lee, Dorcas Evelene Davis, Erin 'EJ' Serrano, Nicole Patin and Grace Drums.
For More Information, visit www.mothertonguemonologues.org