Women’s Spaces Radio Show with host Elaine B. Holtz with guests Sydni Davenport on her song Black Lives Matter and Dr. Kim D. Hester Williams on Feminism and Black Lives Matter, Part 3: Early Feminists Were Abolitionists has been uploaded to the web archive. The show was recorded, broadcast in the North Bay and streamed worldwide over Radio KBBF 89.1 FM on Monday 7/6/2020 at 11 AM (repeats at 11 PM on KBBF) and repeat broadcast in Petaluma and streamed worldwide over Radio KPCA 103.3 FM on Wednesday 7/8/2020 at 11 AM.
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Local Sonoma County Black Lives Matter Song
Feminism and Black Lives Matter, Part 3: Early Feminists Were Abolitionists
1. Sydni Davenport, Composer, Black Lives Matter song; Music Director, Prayer Chapel Singers
2. Dr. Kim D. Hester Williams, Professor, African American Literature, Sonoma State University; Author
Our Featured Guests
1. Sydni Davenport talks of her family’s beginnings in Santa Rosa and the composing of the song Black Lives Matter, which she sung with her granddaughters accompanying her in order to mentor them in history and the possibility of a better world. Sydni’s first experience of racism began in grammar school.
About our Guest: Sydni Davenport is a board of the Juneteenth Festival and member of the Sonoma County NAACP and the Sonoma County CHANCE horse rescue. A native of Sonoma County she is the first Grand Child of Evangelist Marteal Perry. She is a member of the Gospel Group, The Prayer Chapel Singers, The group just released their first Single called, “God’s got it which Sydni wrote. She describes herself as a country girl at heart and love cowboy boots. She is a mother, grandmother and wife and has been married for 30 years to a wonderful partner she loves to be outdoors and garden. For the past 20 years she has been a foster parent for the mentally ill.
Black Lives Matter song on Youtube: https://youtu.be/KjH6VfjvLL4
Press Democrat article of June 19, 2020 on Sydni Davenport and her grandmother Evangelist Marteal Perry, founder of the Prayer Chapel Outreach Mission Church in west Santa Rosa https://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/news/sonoma-county-juneteenth-celebrates-50th-year-amid-growing-recognition-nati/?gallery=8763D7A7-3800-4F1E-97D4-8ED1206FB2FF
2. Dr. Kim D. Hester Williams returns for a 3rd interview on Feminism and Black Lives Matter. She mentions how much the poet Lucille Clifton influenced her with her poem homage to my hips as tribute to blackness and celebrations of women in her poetry book Two-Headed Woman. Lucille Clifton was the first author to be twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the same year 1988, one for her book of poems Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir: 1969–1980, and the second for Next: New Poems. Dr. Bettina Aptheker was another feminist who made a mark on Dr. Williams while studying at University of Santa Cruz. Feminists are primarily interested in human life and the early feminists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) and the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1906) were abolitionists. Dr. Williams goes more into depth on intersectionalism that was first written about by Dr. Kimberly Crenshaw in the 1980s in recognizing the multifacets of inequality such as in economics relegating peoples to poor and polluted neighborhoods, social life, judicial, educational opportunities and media portrayals of stereotypes, Black Live Matter is a movement of insisting “no more messing around!”, to put it politely by Dr. Williams. The Me-Too movement was a similar cry of “enough is enough.” Now with the pandemic, Me-too and Black LIve Matter have the time to reflect and to protest for a better nation and world. Dr.William’s favorite science fiction author Octavia Butler stresses community in her writings, which is enabled by compassion, empathy, and care for one another to survive.
About our Guest: Dr. Kim D. Hester Williams is a Professor of English and American Multicultural Studies (AMCS) at Sonoma State University. She currently serves as Chair of American Multicultural Studies in addition to teaching nineteenth-century American literature, African American literature and culture. And is an affiliate faculty in Film Studies and Women and Gender Studies at Sonoma State University. She is co-editor, with LeiLani Nishime, of Racial Ecologies, a book collection of interdisciplinary essays on race and environment, published by the University of Washington Press in 2018. Her poetry is grounded in the long tradition of African American Womanist poetics. She is also currently an active member of the American Canyon Soroptimist Association, an organization that supports the economic empowerment and vitality of all women through education, training, and solidarity. Dr. Hester Williams takes great pride in merging her teaching, scholarship, and research about racial and gender equality with her commitment to community service, social justice, and enacting an equitable, sustainable society—in both personal and communal practice.
Email: kim.hester.williams at sonoma.edu
Racial Ecologies, Edited by Leilani Nishime and Kim D. Hester Williams (University of Washington Press 2018) https://uwapress.uw.edu/book/9780295743738/racial-ecologies/
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) biography: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Cady_Stanton
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1906) biography: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harriet_Beecher_Stowe
Lucille Clifton biography: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucille_Clifton#Two-Headed_Woman:_%22homage_to_my_hips%22
Octavia E. Butler biography https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octavia_E._Butler
Other Women’s Spaces Shows with Dr. Kim D. Hester Williams:
Feminism and Black Lives Matter, Part 1: Octavia Butler and Modern Feminism on May 11, 2020, hhttp://www.womensspaces.com/ArchiveWSA20/WSA200511.html
Feminism and Black Lives Matter, Part 2: Historical and Feminist Perspective on June 8, 2020, http://www.womensspaces.com/ArchiveWSA20/WSA200608.html
Check out important dates to remember in herstory at the National Women’s History Alliance
July 4,1876 – Suffragists crash the Centennial Celebration in Independence Hall to present the Vice President with the Declaration of the Rights of Women written by Matilda Joselyn Gage.
The following description is from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Declaration_of_the_Rights_of_Woman_and_of_the_Female_Citizen
The Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen (French: Declaration des droits de lafemme et de la citoyenne), also known as the Declaration of the Rights of Woman, was written on 5 September in 1791 by French activist, feminist, and playwright Olympe de Gouges in response to the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. By publishing this document, de Gouges hoped to expose the failures of the French Revolution in the recognition of gender equality, but failed to create any lasting impact on the direction of the Revolution. As a result of her writings (including The Declaration
of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen), de Gouges was accused, tried and convicted of treason, resulting in her immediate execution, along with the Girondists in the Reign of Terror (one of only three women beheaded during the Reign of Terror – and the only executed for her political writings). The Declaration Of the Rights ofWoman is significant because it brought attention to a set of feminist concerns that collectively reflected and influenced the aims of many French Revolution activists.
Check links in case of postponement, cancellations, or restrictions due to pandemic precautions:
August 26 – November 8, 2020, Petaluma’s Participation in the Women’s Suffrage Movement, Petaluma Library and Historical Museum The Petaluma Museum Association’s suffrage exhibit has been rescheduled. This postponement has provided the opportunity to coordinate the exhibit’s opening reception with the national celebration of “Women’s Equality Day”. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 26th, 5 to 8 pm! The exhibit will be dedicated to our former Congresswoman, Lynn Woolsey, and our former Mayor, Helen Putnam, and we are delighted to report that Mayor Barrett will be attending the opening to bestow the honors.
January 25 through September 13, 2020, From Suffrage to #MeToo at Museum of Sonoma County. Please note: Fee is required for entry to museum. For more information visit https://museumsc.org/suffrage-metoo/
League of Women Voters of Sonoma County has scheduled candidate debates and ballot measure discussions. See their webpage listing the events at https://www.facebook.com/lwvsonomacounty/
The Opening and Closing Theme song is with permission of the Composer and Singer Alix Dobkin:
The Woman in Your Life is You by Alix Dobkin from the album Living with Lavender Jane (Women’s Wax Works) – www.alixdobkin.com
Black Lives Matter, written and sung by Syndi Locke Davenport and her Granddaughters from the single Black Lives Matter (2020 Syndi Locke Davenport). YouTube Link to music video
Welcome to the Circle, sung by Betsy Rose and The Women’s Chorus from the album Welcome to the Circle (2006 Paper Crane Music)
For music purchasing opportunity: