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As we search as a nation for constructive ways to challenge racism and white supremacy, it is absolutely essential that progressive female voices gain a hearing.  

 

- bell hooks

My Name is LaFrae Sci.

 

I write this message to you, dear Willie Mae family, with a combination of sadness and hope in my heart. As an African-American woman, I am deeply saddened by the senseless violence and recent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor. Today, the message is as urgent as ever - Black Lives Matter

Looking back to 2004, when we created the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, I recall our shared vision. We were fiercely committed to building a camp that nurtured creative expression, and also addressed head-on issues relating to race, gender, queerness, and economic oppression. WMRC vowed to nurture and uphold these ideals in a respectful, empowering, educational, and solution-oriented space.

As the new Co-Executive Director/ Director of Artistic Programming, I am filled with hope about our collective WMRC future. I am proud to lead Willie Mae towards a year-round expansion of programming focused on sound, identity and music technology while holding fast to our bedrock social justice roots.

 

At the end of this letter, I have included some helpful links to inspire dialogue and ignite change. I would like to close with a call to action that’s similarly spirited to our purpose at Willie Mae. In the words of Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, “We gotta stop looking for easy answers and instead join the hard work [...] This is a marathon that no one wants to run.” 

Now’s the time.

LaFrae Sci (she/they)

Co-Executive Director/Director of Artistic Programming

Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls

 

 

Read: 

Anti-racist reading list

 

Anti-racist reading list for kids

 

Black History Boot Camp

 

26 Ways to Be In Struggle Beyond the Streets by multiple collaborators

 

for George Floyd: fire by adrienne maree brown

 

The Pandemic is the Right Time to Defund the Police by Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic

 

Op-Ed: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Don’t understand the protests? What you’re seeing is people pushed to the edge by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Times

 

Pushing Back Against Habits of White Supremacy in a Crisis by Kad Smith, CompassPoint

Take action: 

Safely Protest in a Pandemic

 

Vote and Fight for Fair Elections