Inspired by the Black Panthers and Latin American revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara, and formed in 1969, Las Gorras Negras (The Black Berets) were a multi-ethnic group that fought for social transformation amidst Civil Rights movements in New Mexico. In 1972, after two of its members, … Continue reading A Corrido of Struggle: Remembering Roberto Martínez and the Black Berets through “El Corrido de Córdova y Canales”
This Friday, March 8, 2013, marks International Women’s Day, first celebrated in the United States in 1909 and now observed worldwide as a day of advocacy and celebration of accomplishments in the women’s rights movement. While great strides have been made in many countries and … Continue reading Celebrate International Women’s Day: Take Action!
After listening to the band Quetzal’s album Imaginaries (Smithsonian Folkways, 2012), it comes as no surprise that they have been nominated for a GRAMMY; the combination of superb song writing, a diversity of influences, and flawless execution is impressive. However, what never ceases to amaze … Continue reading Quetzal: On Their Own Terms
Longtime Festival volunteer Robert Scow shares this 26-minute video he produced of Jon Vrana’s interpretation of Senator Justin Morrill at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s Campus and Community: Public and Land-grant Universities and the USDA at 150 program. Senator Justin Morrill was a U.S. congressman … Continue reading Senator Justin Morrill at the 2012 Festival
The 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival paid tribute to the late Chuck Brown, the “Godfather of Go-Go,” with a day of special concerts and discussions. Here we present the entire panel discussion, “The Musical Life of Chuck Brown,” in which his band members shared their experiences … Continue reading The Musical Life of Chuck Brown
When The Names Project Foundation came to the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage conference room in Spring 2011 to discuss a Smithsonian Folklife Festival program about The AIDS Memorial Quilt, I asked if the program would include making new 3’ x 6’ panels to … Continue reading “Outing” Our Humanity: A Personal-Professional Reflection on the 2012 Creativity and Crisis Folklife Festival
The Women’s Collective was founded in 1993 by Patricia Nalls as a safe place for women and girls living with HIV/AIDS and their families to find care, support, and community. This story was filmed at the Center during a 2012 “Call My Name” quilting workshop … Continue reading Women Making a Difference: The Women’s Collective, pt. 2