African Ancestral Lesbians United For Social Change
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African Ancestral Lesbians United for Social Change is an organization committed to the education and empowerment of women of African descent. The organizationís overall mission, as documented by their homepage, is to awaken the spiritual power of African Ancestral women, provide educational tools for the development of progressive thinking, empower African Ancestral women to become advocates for economic, educational, health and political change, provide resources and referrals for various needs, and provide opportunities for social and cultural interaction with all women consisting of: dances, theater, cultural events, poetry readings, conferences, festivals, music, plays and more.
The organization is fully committed to the spiritual, cultural, educational, economic and social empowerment of African Ancestral women. It is dedicated to advocate for womenís rights through a redefined philosophy and holistic objectives that use workshops with open discussions to empower and achieve the organizationís mission.
History and General Facts
- Originally founded as the Salsa Soul Sisters, Third World Wimmin Inc. in November 1974.
- First out organization for women of color in New York City.
- March in the annual Heritage of Pride March and have done so since its inception as the Christopher Street Liberation Day March.
- Produce a quarterly newsletter that discusses health issues, short stories, events, community, and African diaspora.
Offshoots of AALUSC
There are several offshoots of the main African Ancestral Lesbians United for Social Change organization. These offshoots primarily cater to the specific needs of individual lesbian groups under the AALUSC umbrella. They are:
- African Ancestral Society of Butch Women
A space for butch women of African descent to come together, and share their experiences, hopes and dreams. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Young Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Two-Spirit Women of Color
A group to cater to the needs of young LBTTSQ women of color between the ages of 17-23. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, email email@example.com.
- Lesbian Parents
A group for lesbian parents of color to connect and discusses parenting in their identity framework. Refreshments and childcare will be provided. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a great wealth of information available on Black Lesbianism. The following are some useful literatures on the topic:
- Afrekete : An Anthology of Black Lesbian Writing, by Catherine E. McKinley. Random House, 1995. ISBN 0-3854735-5-9.
Description from the publisher: "Destined to become a classic in the tradition of the best-selling Black Eyed Susans/Midnight Birds and Erotique Noire/Black Erotica, Afrekete gives collective voice to the tradition of black lesbian writings. In the vast and proliferating area of both African-American and lesbian and gay writing, the work of black lesbians is most often excluded or relegated to the margins. Afrekete meshes these seemingly disparate traditions, and celebrates black lesbian experiences in their variety and depth. While bold, tender, and touching, the fiction, poetry, and nonfiction in Afrekete--written in a range of styles--engages a variety of highly topical themes, placing these voices at the center of literary and social discourse."
- Does Your Mama Know?: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Coming Out Stories, edited by Lisa C. Moore. Washington: Redbone Press, 1997. ISBN 0-9656659-0-9.
Description from the cover: "By turns funny, passionate, angry and joyous, Does Your Mama Know? reflects the complexity of emotions that accompany a black lesbian's coming out. These 49 short stories, poems, interviews and essays - fiction and nonfiction - make up a powerful collection of original and new writing by 41 women. Does Your Mama Know? is ready to take its place in the halls of literary African-American lesbian voices."
- The Bull-Jean Stories, by Sharon Bridgforth. Washington: Redbone Press, 1998. ISBN 0-9656659-1-7.
Description from the publisher: "Using traditional storytelling and nontraditional verse to chronicle the course of love returning in the lifetimes of one woman-loving-woman named Bull-Dog-Jean, The Bull-Jean Stories give cultural documentation and social commentary on African-American history and survival. Set in the rural South of the 1920s, The Bull-Jean Stories herald the spirit of the African-American people."
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