Music / Discussion #FeminismToMe: RESPECT - Aretha Franklin and Political Activism

Aretha Franklin © Cecilio Ricardo, U.S. Air Force

Thu, 01/31/2019

Goethe-Institut Washington

1990 K St. NW (Entrance on 20th St., lower level)
Washington, DC 20006

Aretha Franklin was a legendary performer with a show-stopping voice and empowering songs. But her role as an activist offstage was equally remarkable.

The Goethe-Institut Washington, WPFW-FM, and the DC Public Library invite you to a dialogue and listening session revolving around Aretha Franklin's work as a social and political activist. Join historians, musicians, and community members for an evening focusing on the social justice work of Aretha Franklin. We'll consider her experience in the past and reflect on what musical activism looks like today. The conversation will be in English, moderated by Katea Stitt from WPFW.

Joining the discussion will be:

Katea Stitt, Interim Program Director of WPFW / Pacifica Radio, 89.3 FM

Dr. Greg Carr, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies at Howard University and Adjunct Faculty at the Howard School of Law

Kelly Navies, Museum Specialist, Oral History, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History and Culture

Yara Allen, Director of Cultural Arts and Theomusicologist for Repairers of the Breach, Poor People's Campaign

Kerrie Cotten Williams, Special Collections Manager, District of Columbia Public Library

Register This evening is a part of our #FeminismToMe hashtag campaign. With this hashtag, we are collecting personal definitions of feminism on Instagram. The social media campaign is the overarching theme of a series of events, in which we give different voices of the feminist movement a platform at Goethe-Institut Washington.