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.