Jul 05 2020


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Sisterfire Song Talk

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Musicians spanning six decades of activism will join together in SongTalk to share how cultural expressions can be used to catalyze social justice demands for systemic change.

Produced and presented in collaboration with Roadwork Center, the Sisterfire SongTalk will feature Barbara Dane, Martha Gonzalez (Quetzal), Leyla McCalla, and Amythyst Kiah, joined by Roadwork MC Nicole Barden (Roadwork Center). Performers will address questions such as how they use their music to inspire action.

The SongTalk genre, named by one of Roadwork’s founders, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, is situated in a congregational call-and-response space rooted in the Black church and Southern freedom movement that merged song with prose to call people to action.

Join Roadwork’s Sisterfire SongTalk as we mark this moment of uprising!

Real-time captioning (CART) and American Sign Language interpretation will be provided for this program while it’s live. To access, please follow the links below.

Simulcast with ASL and CART:
CART only via Streamtext:

See the Smithsonian Folklife Festival: Beyond the Mall page for more events June 24–July 5.