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Celebrate Women's History...Wild Women of the Blues

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Join us and Camille Russell Love, Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, to explore the history of the Blues with a brilliant and revealing documentary. This is a FREE event celebrating Women's History Month.

Wild Women Don’t Have The Blues

The Blues is an art form born out of African American economic and social conditions of the early-twentieth century. It is rooted in the spirituals, field hollers and work songs of enslaved and sharecropper African Americans. Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues documents the lives and times of Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Alberta Hunter, Ethel Waters and other legendary African American women who made the Blues a vital part of African American culture.

The documentary not only chronicles the history of the Blues and the women who sang this powerful music, it also traces how the Blues provided important cultural ties for the many African Americans who left the rural south and migrated to northern cities during the Great Migration (1915-1940). It also shows the cultural shifts of the 1930’s and how the Blues gave way to Swing and other more upbeat music genres.

After the film, historian and educator Nasir Muhammad will lead the audience in a facilitated dialogue. Mr. Muhammad has written and lectured about Morehouse College history, Dr. Georgia Dwelle, Dinah Watts Pace, Theodore “Tiger” Flowers and David T. Howard, among others.