“And, Aint I a Woman” Locals Discuss intersectionality as NY Celebrates 100 Years of Women’s Right to Vote

Screen Shot 2017-12-05 at 9.57.23 AMNew York is celebrating 100 years of women’s right to vote. They earned the right to vote a few years before the federal government amended the Constitution. And just before the passage of the 19th, the 15th Amendment stated the right to vote would not be based on “race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”

So where did black women fit in? They were part of the Suffrage movement and on Saturday a four-hour long-table discussion will explore women of color’s place in major voting movements and where intersectionality sits today. Rachel DeGuzman is the organizer of the long table for At the Crossroads: Activating the Intersection Art and Justice. She says the discussion will feature community and scholar voices like Tokeya Graham, Reenah Golden, Erica Bryant, Deborah McDell-Hernandez, Annette Ramos, and Gaynelle Wethers. Our Editor-in-Chief Tianna Mañón will also be part of the discussion.

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According to information posted for the event, the invited women start off the discussion. After about half an hour, other attendees get to walk up, tap on a speaker’s shoulder and take their place in the conversation.The goal? Keep the conversation moving and include various perspectives.

“Part of what I am trying to do with At the Crossroads: Activating the Intersection of Art and Justice is to experiment and learn in collaboration as well as with community,” said DeGuzman in an emailed statement. “On top of disrupting or putting a ding in racism/fostering more equity in arts and culture, through our practices, we want to disrupt how we engage and dialogue with each other and invite more people in the community to literal and figurative tables – with art/culture/creativity at the center.”

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It’s not her first long table conversation. Last fall, she did one at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She was executive director of Kyoung’s Pacific Beat – a peace-making theater company based in Brooklyn, New York but she said they’re becoming more common as the “arts (and academia) seek more focused artistic exploration.”

The event begins at 3 p.m. Saturday and will be held at Gallery 74. For more information, head to the event’s website. 

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