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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015, 6:30PM
Under Siege: A History of Policing and Black Women in America is a groundbreaking multimedia exhibit curated by Black feminists invoking ancestral voices, narratives, testimonies and speaking through their art for our foremothers whose bodies were tortured and were indeed as proclaimed by Sister Fannie Lou Hamer—“never theirs alone”.
Featuring Spoken Word Artists
Sonya Renee Taylor, Exodus and Gina Rhodes
Kinyofu Mlimwengu, Lead Curator
The Exhibit presents a historical timeline denouncing institutional rape (s) and sexual harassment as torture against Black women, across generations by police officers and their forerunners - the white slavers, white militia, white-hooded-cross-burning night watchmen, "leather heads" and more recently officer Holtsclaw who was reported to have sexually assaulted approximately 19 Black women, and counting.
This powerful exhibit will present and analyze the narratives of women and girls today, and particularly women of color who have been beaten, sexually assaulted, raped, brutally strip-searched, shot, and killed by law enforcement agents in the U.S.
The exhibit will bring forth the lives of those for whom their gendered-and-race-specific forms of police misconduct and abuse cases garnered virtually no national attention--unique voices of women and transgender human beings who were the casualties of the “war of drugs”, the “war on terror”, “zero tolerance” and “quality of life”.
The exhibit is a wake-up call for the need to center women and gender non-conforming lives squarely within the broader context of racial justice and the need to account for women’s stories in any advocacy effort to address police violence in communities.
Museum of Women’s Resistance
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Gifts from a Freedom Fighter:
Edith Savage-Jennings and the Civil Rights Legacy Gifts
(photo from WIMS Film Project)
154 Recorded Cases of Black Female Lynching Victims 1886-1957
At least 154 Black women are known to have been lynched in America and hundreds more remain unknown. On July 26, 2013 we honor their memory.
We honor the memory of husbands, sons and daughters who often were lynched alongside these women and the community around them who experienced their loss. We acknowledge the modern-day lynchings of the new "Jim Crow" and the devastating impact this has on us and our families even as we deal today with the continued devaluation of Black life.
This installation will focus on the Black feminist lives of civil rights and other leaders. It also aims to reintroduce the public to several Black Feminists who’ve shaped nations, communities and spheres of academia, social and political realms, while celebrating those younger Black women of today who may or may not call themselves feminists, but are following in the footsteps of great revolutionaries who didn’t sit by during any struggle. This Summer/Fall at MoWRe is meant to provoke thought, discussion, and to educate the public about the ways in which women have mounted personal, collective and political resistance for centuries, across various boundaries of identity and geography.
10AM-6:00PM Monday - Thursday. For visitors after 6:00PM or for weekends (Fri-Sun) please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact MoWRe at 347-533-9103 to schedule a tour.
"Our bodies were the occupied countries we liberated... it was also important to claim the body as a site of pleasure, power and possibility. We were making revolution". bell hooks
Black feminists are curating groundbreaking and fully interactive exhibits centering on response and revolutionary acts by Black women in America. We will juxtapose narratives of intentional confrontation by Black women who used policy, organizing and public speech versus those who used more provocative measures to regain and reclaim themselves through other means like blues music, gender-non conformity, sexuality and weapons meant to meet violence with violence.
Museum of Women’s Resistance
279 Empire Boulevard
Brooklyn NY 11225
JOIN US FOR THE MISSING FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014
Approximately 273 school girls were kidnapped from the Chibok Government Secondary School by the terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria over three months ago. A few of the girls managed to escape, but the great majority remain missing.
IN 2013, THE FBI REPORTS 264,093 MISSING PERSON ENTRIES FOR GIRLS UNDER THE AGE OF 21 IN THE U.S. A DISPROPORTIONATE NUMBER OF THEM ARE BLACK AND REMAIN MISSING.
“THE MISSING” IS A MULTIMEDIA EXHIBIT BY BLACK AND LATINA FEMINISTS EXPLORING CRIMES AGAINST BLACK WOMEN AND GIRLS, WAR CRIMES AND THE GENDERED TACTICS USED TO WEAPONIZE WOMEN’S BODIES, DESTABILIZE COUNTRIES AND COMMUNITIES, AND EXTRACT ASSETS AND RESOURCES FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT AND U.S. NEIGHBORHOODS.