The Original Woman
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Being one of the few to live by her words, she writes in the form of scriptures and creeds for survival. For nearly a decade she has been mobilizing across racial and political party lines with organizations such as the NAACP, United to Stop Systematic Slavery, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the National Council of Negro Women, and her own organization The Freedom Project. She runs one of the only national festivals to focus solely on Spoken Word and Social Justice – The Freedom Fire Spoken Word Festival, which features a $1000 poetry slam. She also co-chair a four – location venue with Queen Sheba, Kwintessential and HBO’s Punany Poet Mo’ Browne called Sistah Cypher: Women Empowerment through Spoken Word – out of Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, Norfolk, VA, and London.
The Original Woman is one of the strongest artists in the nation that uses a combination of her background in grassroots organizing and rhythmic scriptures to mobilize the masses to make change – in addition to lobbying legislatures and organizing public demonstrations. Her last project was in April of 2005 where she was instrumental in organizing the National Women of Color and Allies Conference. This is a historical event sponsored by the National Organization for Women. Previously in August of 2004 you could find her organizing the “Stop the Bush Agenda Protest” against the New York City Republican National Convention – which was about 15,000 strong. Shortly before that she was a senior field organizer for the National March for Women’s Lives (April 2004) – the largest march in the history of the US, which pulled out 1.15 million artivist (those who combine arts and social justice) and activist. For the last few years the Original Woman has operated as the National Field Organizer for the National Organization for Women – the largest feminist organization in the world. She is currently working on her Juris Doctor in Denver, Colorado. Be sure to check out her online schedule so that you can join the rank of people soldiers!
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