The Sisterhood at November's Sounds of Unsilence
We have had a busy and eventful end of 2018! In November, Unsilence hosted a benefit concert, Sounds of Unsilence, featuring the music, storytelling and poetry of Chicago artists who are allied with our goal to shed light on marginalized voices. During this event, we also issued our official announcement to the public of the partnership with The Sisterhood for 2019. The announcement was preceded by an introduction of The Sisterhood by Founder, Gwendolyn Baxter, and a musical tribute by the Bournee Family Singers to celebrate the youth lives lost to gun violence in Chicago. The event was a fundraising success, and we are excited to continue laying the development foundation to sustain our project throughout 2019.
Additionally, within the last month, Unsilence Voices: The Sisterhood has secured the participation of a licensed clinicial social worker. Erin Matthews, LCSW, will be volunteering her time to conduct the interviews of The Sisterhood mothers to source the material for their photo shoots with artist photographer, Cecil McDonald. It is important to all of us at Unsilence that their stories be handled with grace and care, so we knew we needed to bring in trauma-informed professionals to ensure we conducted these interviews in the safest and most respectful manner possible. We are extemely grateful for her professional expertise and contributions.
We are also excited to enlist the help of Andrene Wright, a PhD student at Northwestern and TA of Dr. Danny Cohen. Andrene is currently conducting research regarding black women's civic participation, and she will be volunteering as on-site coordinatorfor our intervews and photo shoots with The Sisterhood.
Scheduling for the interviews and photo shoots are underway. We plan to conduct interviews in February and begin photography in March. The ReBuild Foundation has generously allowed us access to their space to use for our interviews.
We are humbled and grateful for all of the support we have recieved to ensure Unsilence Voices: The Sisterhood is a success. I look forward to sharing these strong women's stories with you.