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Fund drive special with Angela Davis

Portrait of Billie Holiday, in New York, ca. 1947. | Photo by William P. Gottlieb, Library of Congress.

0:08 – Activist and author, Angela Davis, discusses her book: Blues, Legacies and Black Feminism discusses several key early blues artists including Gertrude “Ma” RainyBessie Smith and Billie Holiday to illustrate how black women helped shape feminist historical traditions and were able to tell stories, particularly about the reality of women’s sexual experience through their music. (Recorded in Santa Monica, CA in 1998).

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