1. 10

    The first job I had with the Smithsonian was as a field researcher among African American communities in Southwest Louisiana and Arkansas for the festival.

  2. 9

    The Civil Rights Movement also reaffirmed me as a singer. It taught me that singing was not entertainment, it was something else.

  3. 8

    It makes sense that whatever the topic is, it's more compelling if you can provide the audience with a range of perspectives, and you can cross disciplines. And you don't have to control what people take out of it.

  4. 7

    The voice I have now, I got the first time I sang in a movement meeting, after I got out of jail... and I'd never heard it before in my life.

  5. 6

    Mothering/nurturing is a vital force and process establishing relationships throughout the universe.

  6. 5

    Coming up in the African-American culture, we were taught that we belonged to the universe and society was wrong in the way it dealt with us. We had to learn to express and affirm values not from the winning position.

  7. 4

    When I started graduate school I was interested in the culture of the Civil Rights Movement.

  8. 3

    If, in moving through your life, you find yourself lost, go back to the last place where you knew who you were, and what you were doing, and start from there.

  9. 2

    If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition.

  10. 1

    Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.

  11. Last Update: 28 September 2022

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