Black Women’s Blueprint honored Aishah Shahidah Simmons at the Schomburg Center for Research and Culture

February 18, 2013

Black Women’s Blueprint Celebrated Black Lesbian Women’s Radical Activism, Resilience, Brilliance, Power, & Beauty at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

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tiona.m. and Aishah Shahidah Simmons

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Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Julia Roxanne Wallace

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Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Darnell L. Moore (VIVA The Feminist Wire Editorial Collective!)

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Grace Drums opened Mother Tongue: Monologues (Background photograph: Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, and Lisa Diane White, with Aaronette Michelle White in the photograph within the photograph)

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Grace Drums (Background photograph: Aishah Shahidah Simmons filming the first 10-day vipassana meditation course held in Mumbai, India, for people of African heritage world wide)

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Christina Jaus, Farah Tanis, Mayowa Osebeju, Kalima DeSuze presenting the Honorees with their awards

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Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Christina Jaus, co-founder of Black Women’s Blueprint, Farah Tanis, co-founder and executive director of Black Women’s Blueprint

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Aishah Shahidah Simmons’ extemporaneous (in spite of prepared comments) acceptance speech “It’s the community from which you come that you want to name you, claim you and honor you.” ~ Toni Cade Bambara (Teacher and Big Sister Friend)

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Acceptance speech, which included my paying tribute to my Dad (Michael Simmons) who was the first person who supported my emerging Black lesbian identity when I was a teenager and my Mom (Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons) who was the first Black feminist I ever met.

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If someone calls you a lesbian and you’re not one, don’t act as if you’ve been called a German Shepard….

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It is important that those of us who are able, because many are not, break our silences about our sexual assaults. (When I was 19 years-old) I was raped one night and less than 24-hours had consensual sex with another man and became pregnant. I am fortunate that I was able to have a safe and legal abortion…

imageThe acceptance speech continues…
imageFadzai Mapurutsa’s, Coalition of African Lesbians, acceptance speech

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tiona.m., Fadzai Mapuratusa, Aishah Shahidah Simmons

imageCara Page and Aishah Shahidah Simmons

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Orleana Clark, Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Inelle Cox Bagwell, Pat Clark

imageThadious Davis and Aishah Shahidah Simmons

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Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Michael Simmons, Linda Carrranza

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Daddy’s Girl” Aishah Shahidah Simmons and Michael Simmons

imageR. Erica Doyle and Aishah Shahidah Simmons

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Aishah Shahidah Simmons

imageAishah Shahdiah Simmons and Traci C. West

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Deepa Soul and Aishah Shahidah Simmons

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Aishah Shahidah Simmons and Yvette Assem

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Aishah Shahidah Simmons and Asantewaa Nkrumah-Ture

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Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Farah Tanis, Julia Roxanne Wallace, Christina Jaus

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Farah Tanis, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Aishah Shahidah Simmons

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Aishah Shaidah Simmons and Michael Simmons

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Beverly Guy Sheftall and Aishah Shahidah Simmons

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Kalima DeSuze, Beverly Guy Sheftall, Farah Tanis, Christina Jaus

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Aishah Shahidah Simmons and Kalima DeSuze

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Back row: Kwesi Ferebee, Ayanna Serwaa, Jasmine Burnett, Mayowa Osabuju, Farah Tanis, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, tiona.m.,
Front row: Christina Jaus, Kalima DeSuze, Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Porter Ferebee – BLACK WOMENS BLUEPRINT

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Museum of Women’s Resistance at Black Women’s Blueprint

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