04 16 2014
  9:09 am  
     •     
McMenamins

For centuries, African American women have been remaking the world, giving testament to the power of hope, courage and resilience. But it took the inspired generosity of Oprah Winfrey to honor fully the many gifts of sisterhood. For three days — May 13 to 15, 2005 — a distinguished group of women was invited to celebrate the enduring achievements of 25 of their mentors and role models and, in the process, pay tribute to the long, glorious tradition of African American accomplishment.

The centerpiece of the weekend was the reading aloud of Pearl Cleage's poem "We Speak Your Names," written especially for the occasion. The poem appears for the first time in print in a new keepsake volume, "We Speak Your Names" (One World/ Ballantine, $9.95). The poem names each of the women honored: Dr. Maya Angelou, Coretta Scott King, Diahann Carroll, Toni Morrison, Nikki Giovanni, Rosa Parks, Katherine Dunham, and other legends of the brightest magnitude.

Cleage (herself a luminary of the younger generation) celebrates her distinguished elders' strength, their magic, their sensuality, their loving kindness, their faith in themselves and the priceless example of their lives: "My sisters, here, there and everywhere, this poem is for you. Use it, adapt it, pass it on. …"

Commenting Guidelines

  • Keep it clean: Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language
  • No personal attacks: We reserve the right to remove offensive comments
  • Be truthful: Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything
  • Be nice: No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person
  • Help us: If you see an abusive post, let us know at info@theskanner.com
  • Keep to topic: We will remove irrelevant posts and spam
  • Share with us: We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts; the history behind an article

Recently Published by The Skanner News

  • Default
  • Title
  • Date
  • Random
load morehold SHIFT key to load allload all
Carpentry Professionals
THIS SITE WORKS BEST ON GOOGLE CHROME

PHOTO GALLERY

Calendar

About Us

Hood to Coast
Breaking News

The Skanner TV

Turn the pages

QR Code
 

Your Health