Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Black Lesbian Feminist, Creator of NO! The Rape Documentary, and Educator, Temple University
Tony Porter, Co-founder, Executive Director, A Call To Men
Beth Elaine Richie, Director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy and Professor of African American Studies and Criminology, Law and Justice at The University of Illinois at Chicago
Melinda Weekes, Managing Director at Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, Applied Research Center, and Colorlines
Lisa Anderson, Director, Women's Multifaith Programs, Auburn Theological Seminary
Post-Performance Conversation Moderated By:
Traci C. West, Author, Professor of Ethics and African American Studies at Drew University Theological School (Madison, NJ), Black Feminist Scholar-Activist
Mother Tongue ~ n. (1) one's native language; (2) the first language learned and passed from one generation to the next; 2. natural language, tongue - a human written or spoken language used by a community.
Mother Tongue Monologues is a multimedia production and performance which brings together actors, artists and activists who take the audience through journeys, moments, incidents and historical narratives giving new life to the struggles of our foremothers and women of African descent today. Such centering of Black women in the midst of their own history and culture as people who contribute to the shaping of communities and to the building of nations, gives relevance to our full experience as an African Diaspora. Mother Tongue Monologues presents Black women as concrete cultural beings in the context of a definite cultural community. More and more, Mother Tongue Monologues is being heralded as a vehicle for addressing Black sexual politics in African American communities and for communicating Black feminist thought at the grassroots level.