Post on Lift Every Voice: Marian Anderson, Florence B. Price And The Sound Of Black Sisterhood
In Alisha Lola Jones’ article, Lift Every Voice: Marian Anderson, Florence B. Price and the Sound of Black Sisterhood, she delves into the history of black womanhood, specifically, the voice of black women and the role their voices played and continue to play into resistance.
The article starts with the statistics tied to the most recent 2016 presidential election and the 2017 Alabama senatorial elections. Statistics show that women played a huge role in amplifying the perspective and opinions of Black women in politics. Jones ties this modern-day role of Black women to the work of Marian Anderson and Florence B. Price and how the used music to voice the perspective of Black Women in America.
The most prominent aspect of this article to me is the aspect of Black women solidarity and how that’s withstood the test of time. Price used her arrangement to emphasize themes such as “community and black sisterhood”, amplifying the voice of Black women on a global scale and in a way that helps Black women gain recognition and profit off of their suffering.
The main take away I’d want readers to have after reading this article is the importance of listening to Black women. Black women have been neglected and oppressed so heavily throughout history it has become integrated and accepted in society. There is hope now with the emergence of new movements such as the #MeToo movement and the want for women to voice their oppressions and empower/support each other, however, we still have a long way to come.