Through Their Voices: The Stories Behind the Songs
From poems and stories passed down through generations of the Cherokee and Lumbee Tribes to a song from a current pop singer, I offer a program that highlights the lives and works of North Carolina women who made a difference.
Using photographs, stories and live music, I will demonstrate how the writings and songs of each of these women from various parts of North Carolina played an integral part in creating awareness and bringing a positive change to the society in both the local and national arenas.
Beginning with female traditional Cherokee and Lumbee tribal storytellers, and moving to union organizer and balladeer Ella May Wiggins, blues musician Etta Baker, mountain musician Samantha Bumgarner and jazz great Nina Simone. I will share a brief history of these womens’ lives, struggles and achievements, highlighting each with a story, poem or portion of a song that was written or made popular by them.
For each woman I will give a brief history of their life, their struggles and achievements then tell a story, poem or play a section of a song that was written or made popular by them.
Cherokee & Lumbee Storytellers: Native American Women
Ella May Wiggins: “union organizer & balladeer”
Etta Baker: “Piedmont blues guitarist and singer”
Samantha Bumgarner: Banjo & Fiddle Player
Nina Simone: Jazz and Blues Musician “the voice of the Civil Rights Movement”