By Devin Chicras
Perhaps no other undertaking so far has quite as strongly exemplified the Emerald’s spirit of delivering content “by and for the community” than last month’s “31 Days of Revolutionary Women” series, which turned Women’s History Month from an obligatory rattling off of the usual subjects and a casual tip of the hat into an all-out month-long celebration of those who brought the badass-ery, blazed the heck out of the trails, put their very lives on the line or just plain weren’t afraid to be themselves – all without giving a damn about who considered their deeds worth of history books or made-for-television biopics.
While we’re exceptionally proud of all the stories that have been told so far, there are still so many left to tell. While the month of March may be over, we’re going to continue publishing stories about revolutionary women all year long.
To celebrate all of these stories and the women who lived them, the women who wrote them, and the women who volunteered their time to make this whole series happen in the first place, there will be a community celebration at the Hillman City Collaboratory on Friday, April 8th at 8pm.
From the organizers:
As we wrap up our series of odes to 31 Revolutionary Women, we hope you will join us for an evening to celebrate the stories that have been shared and carry forth the energy that they fueled.
As many of you know, the South Seattle Emerald has partnered with us in March to honor Women’s History Month by posting one story each day written by local citizen journalists about a revolutionary woman from history or today. This project, with heartfelt inspiration at its core, has stirred a fervor in us and we wish to share it with you.
While the party will of course celebrate this beautiful month of inspirational prose, it will also serve as a chance to coalesce around the intention that we have generated and to keep the movement going into the future. We will dance, eat, drink, make music, and create art. Most importantly, we will talk to one another about how we can continue to support the women in our lives, in our communities, and on our planet. Come make merry with your neighbors and be a part of the Revolution!
All are welcome! Bring a food dish to share!
Friday, April 8, 2016 – 8pm
Hillman City Collaboratory, 5623 Rainier Ave S
Suggested donation of $5 at the door to help cover the cost of the space.
If you haven’t already, check out the Emerald’s series here.
Thank you to all those who’ve worked hard to make this happen, and to all those who’ve yet to be involved. Even the most badass trailblazer has to kick back and/or get down every now and then – you’ve earned it. See you Friday.
Devin Chicras is the President of South Seattle Emerald’s Board of Directors, and whose day job as Seattle’s Friendliest Damn Web Designer™ conveniently lends itself to her favorite hobby of using design and communication as weapons of choice in the fight for a good cause.
Featured images, from left to right, starting from top: 1) Ancient painting depicting Mary of Egypt’s burial; 2) Illustration of Claudette Colvin by Hanako O’Leary; 3) Photo of child reading about Shirley Chisholm by AJ Beard; 4) Public domain image of Bessie Coleman and her plane in 1922; 5) Illustration for Margaret Sanger article by emily charlotte taibleson; 6) Photo of Kathrine Switzer modified from the original by Marathona licensed under CC BY 3.0; 7) Photo of Mavis Staples by digboston, licensed under CC BY 2.0; 8) “Photograph of Septima Clark, ca. 1960” is licensed under CC BY 4.0; 9) “self-portrait in setting sun” by Leslie Feinberg licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0; 10) Illustration of Berta Cáceres by Design Action Collective; 11) Photo of Sister Margarita by Freddie Helmiere; 12) Modified scan of a Jamaican $500 bill featuring Nanny of the Maroons; 13) Detail from “Little Laura Dukes” painting by ©Amy Crehore; 14) Statue of Marie Dorion by Rebecca Maxwell, ©2009 Historical Marker Database; 15) Mixed-media collage of Mary Fields by Dejah Léger; 16) “The First Lady of Arkansas” Daisy Bates: image modified from the original Central Avenue, leading to the state capitol Little Rock, Arkansas by Ewing Galloway