How The African American Community Can Benefit From The Mother House from C. Murray on Vimeo.
The Mother House is located in Atlanta, Georgia in the historic West End neighborhood. The Mother House has been a vital part of Atlanta’s African American community. The house is composed of two parts: Sister Song and Sister Love.
Sister Song has been established since 1997 and their main focus is supporting and empowering women of color and their communities. According to Sister Song, the mission of the Sister Song Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective is to amplify and strengthen the collective voices of Indigenous women and women of color to ensure reproductive justice through securing human rights.
Sister Love was founded in 1989 by Dázon Dixon Diallo. Sister Love focuses on educating women of color on topics such as AIDS prevention, self-help and safer sex techniques. According to Sister Love, their mission is to eradicate the adverse impact of HIV/AIDS and other reproductive health challenges upon women and their families through education, prevention, support and human rights advocacy in the United States and around the world.
The Executive Director of Sister Song, Monica Simpson, and the Prevention Specialist of Sister Love, Terry Barlow, discuss the organizations purpose and their duties at the Mother House.
Black Women Rising: Celebrating Resiliency and Activism in the Face of Violence from C. Murray on Vimeo.
Nia Mitchell organized the event, Black Women Rising: Celebrating Resiliency and Activism in the Face of Violence, that took place on Saturday March 15, at Sister Love and Sister Song Mother House in Atlanta. The event was in honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. The women celebrated the resiliency and activism of women of African descent.
Mitchell discussed the work that she does with the Atlanta Chapter of Friends of the Congo, and how they do a lot of work around the violence that is happening over on the continent and specifically rape being used as a weapon of war. “I wanted to connect those experiences with other women of African descent experiences with violence,” says Mitchell.
The event opened with a libation ceremony and a reading of the history of the Mother House. There was also a song performance by Monica Simpson, the Executive Director of Sister Love and Sister Song Mother House. Simpson performed the song Four Women by Nina Simone.
A woman from Sudan told her story, with the help of an Arabic translator, and expressed her gratitude to the United States for granting her asylum. There was also a panel that took place in which the women discussed issues that impact people of African descent and the ways that women are organizing to make their communities better.
Hammonds House Museum – Trayvon Martin from C. Murray on Vimeo.
In honor of Trayvon Martin’s death, the Hammonds House Museum in Atlanta is hosting an exhibit, Remembering Trayvon: A Community Collective Exhibition Opening Event. It is an exhibit of different artists work that were inspired by the shooting and death of Trayvon Martin.
It has been two years since the shooting death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. On the night of February 26, 2012, Zimmerman placed a call to 911 claiming that he saw a “suspicious person” in his neighborhood. According to CNN, Zimmerman disregarded the dispatcher’s instructions to not approach the person, and confronted Martin, shooting and killing him. Zimmerman claimed the shooting was in self-defense, and after a widely publicized trial, he was acquitted of second-degree murder charges.