FOR WOMEN COLLECTIVE
Lives in Philadelphia. Working in Selma, AL.
Project Description: Using the work of Nina Simone as a critical point of departure for their performance, seven of the twenty-six poets in this artist collective will travel from Philadelphia to Selma, Alabama, to perform at the Bridge Crossing Jubilee 2015, which commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the 54-mile march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama to demand equal voting rights for African-Americans.
Bio: For Women Collective is an international performance ensemble comprised of twenty-six women of color from around the world in tribute to the social change advocacy demonstrated by Nina Simone through her art, and inspired by the personas of the four women in Simone's song of the same name: Aunt Sarah, Siffronia, Sweet Thing, and Peaches. Though they use spoken word and song as their primary genres for performance, they are derived from the Collective’s own short stories and poems as well as monologues and dance inspired by other renowned female activist artists of color, such as Sonia Sanchez, Miriam Makeba, and Lorraine Hansberry. The For Women Collective, founded by Debra Powell Wright, is based in Philadelphia and includes artists who are locally and nationally renowned, as well as writers born in Antigua, England, Jamaica, Liberia, Puerto Rico, and Nigeria.