Women of Color: Stepping into their Power
December 1st marks the 65th Anniversary of the day Rosa Parks chose to stand up for her rights by refusing to relinquish her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Rosa Parks was arrested for her act of defiance. On December 5th, Ms. Parks' trial date, the Montgomery Bus Boycott began. The Boycott, organized by Jo Ann Robinson and the Women's Political Council, was eventually led by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.. One year after Ms. Parks was arrested, on November 13th, 1956, the Supreme Court ruled bus segregation unconstitutional, and on December 20th, the Boycott ended. Ms. Parks became known as the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement."
In 2020, we celebrate not only the Anniversaries of the 15th and 19th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act; but also the fruition of the struggle as Women of Color step into their power. This quarter we highlight the Indigenous Women of Robeson County, North Carolina as they use their voices and their cultural gifts to continue Stepping into their Power!
Community partners hosted keynote speakers and a panel discussion on December 5, 2020 at 3:00 pm.
Watch the recording here!
Kim Pevia (CEO; Director Lumbee Film Festival and Robeson County CommUnity Films @K.A.P., Inner Prizes) is a life strategist, keynote speaker, and workshop facilitator. Her workshops are experiential and transformational. She specializes in identifying the issues that keep us stuck and addresses them by developing a personalized toolbox to help us hurdle over them. Her favorite work is done in circles. Her favorite topics include Emotional intelligence, Gifts of Conflict, Impacts of Historical Trauma, Cultural Healing, Innocuous Nature of Fear, most of which she includes in Race, Equity and Inclusion work. She currently lives in Robeson County, NC where her roots run deep as a member of the Lumbee Tribe. She serves on many local, state, and national boards that support community activism and local economy through arts, food, culture, and tourism. She recently served as Chair of the Board of Alternate Roots. In 2015 she founded Artist Market-Pembroke, providing retail opportunities for local and regional artists in southeast North Carolina.
Charly Lowry (Musician/Cultural Worker @Dark Water Rising), a musical powerhouse from Pembroke, NC, is a proud Indigenous woman belonging to the Lumbee/Tuscarora Tribes. She is passionate about raising awareness around issues plaguing underdeveloped and underserved communities. Charly has established a career as a singer-songwriter and performing solo as the front-woman for the band Dark Water Rising. Among her community, Native women are traditionally barred from the hand-drum, singing behind the men's drum and/or dancing instead. Lowry defies that norm, following in the footsteps of her mentor Pura Fé. Although some may be familiar with her from her success as a semi-finalist on American Idol, she has maintained close ties to her Native American roots and culture. Her voice expresses the struggle, sacrifice, and obstacles her people have overcome throughout history. She serves as a voice for her ancestors, the youth of today, and remains committed to music that honors roots but lives vibrantly in the here and now.
- Mary Jones Phillips, African American
- Annette Rodriguez, Latina/Chicana
- Valerie Ann Johnson, African American
- Nida Allam, Middle Eastern American
- Ling Luo, Asian American