On March 30, seven powerful women shared personal narratives, speaking about truth, identity, gender, resilience, and inner strength. These women were unified by the dynamic vision of Deborah Santana, who recently brought together the voices of 69 writers in the beautiful anthology, All the Women in My Family Sing.
All the Women in My Family Sing is a vital collection of prose and poetry by women of color, with topics that range from the pressures of being the vice-president of a Fortune 500 Company, to escaping the killing fields of Cambodia, to the struggles inside immigration, identity, romance and self-worth. The brief, trenchant essays capture the aspirations and wisdom of these powerful women as they exercise autonomy, creativity, and dignity and build bridges to heal the brokenness in today’s turbulent world.
The following writers shared from their work:
Vicki L. Ward, Shizue Seigel, Kira Lynne Allen, Maria Ramos Chertok, Nayomi Munaweera, Randi Bryant-Agenbroad, and Hamlin’s own, Wanda M. Holland Greene.
Below are some quotations and topics that surfaced:
-“Standing in our truth, is also standing in our power.”
-“One woman speaks her truth and the world splits open.”
-“I would have told my younger self that her body belonged only to herself.”
-“I started to get assimilation fatigue and had to be the complete me.”
-Recovery from generational racism and substance abuse
-The strength and resilience of mothers
-Reflecting on civil rights from a Japanese-American perspective
-Confronting class, identity and race
-Addressing abortion as a Sri Lankan woman
-Owning one’s identity as a black woman
In her remarks Ms. Santana stated, “79% of people in publishing are white and 82% of editors are white, this is not an inclusive environment for women writers of color.” She went on to urge audience members to read female writers of color by visiting her Call To Action link with recommended books here: https://allthewomeninmyfamilysing.com/call-to-action/
All The Women in My Family Sing can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/All-Women-My-Family-Sing/dp/0997296216
Deborah Santana’s opening remarks:
To watch Wanda M. Holland Greene read from her work, A Hairy Situation, please visit: https://youtu.be/VLZOrmQw5nI