#SAYHERNAME: An Evening of Arts & Action
Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m. PST
Each act of this powerful performance lifts up the voices and stories of women and girls of color through spoken word, song, and dance. Featuring family members of the victims of police violence, the program pays respect to the lives of their loved ones and others victimized by state violence by encouraging us to say their names out loud. Presented by the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) and the Hammer Museum, the evening is curated by AAPF Artist-in-Residence, Abby Dobson. Audience members have the option of attending this program in person in Los Angeles, or watching the event live via streaming.
PARKING AND TICKETING INFORMATION: https://hammer.ucla.edu/visit/
ALL HAMMER PROGRAMS ARE FREE: Tickets are available at the Box Office one hour before the program. One ticket per person; first come, first served. Early arrival is recommended.
10 Resources to Learn from and Share:
- Video: #SAYHERNAME
- Video: "The Urgency of Intersectionality" featuring Kimberlé Crenshaw
- Article: "#SayHerName Mothers on Women’s March, Fight for Justice"
- Article: "Tale Of Two Indias: Two Families Seek Justice For Black Women Gunned Down By Cops"
- Article: "#SayHerName: Why We Should Declare That Black Women And Girls Matter, Too"
- Article: "#SayHerName: why Kimberlé Crenshaw is fighting for forgotten women"
- Video: "#SayHerName African American Policy Forum joins NYU's Black Lives Matter Course"
- Video: "Nikki Skies - "Say Her Name" | All Def Poetry x Da Poetry Lounge"
- Video: "Say Her Name: Families Seek Justice in Overlooked Police Killings of African-American Women"
- Article: "‘Say Her Name’ Turns Spotlight on Black Women and Girls Killed by Police"
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is #SayHerName?
#SayHerName is a movement in response to silence surrounding the deaths of Black women at the hands of the state. It seeks to shed light on Black women’s experiences of police violence in an effort to support a gender-inclusive approach to racial justice that centers all Black lives equally.
Tweet: #SayHerName is b/c Black women are 13% of women, but 1/3 of women shot and killed by police #RESISTANCE #PoliceBrutality #HerDreamDeferred
Why do we need #SayHerName?
Not only do Black women face many, if not all, of the vulnerabilities that Black men do when it comes to state violence, but they also face additional gender-specific vulnerabilities.
Tweet: Stereotypes of Black women as superhuman mean white cops don't give them the care they need, killing them #SayHerName #HerDreamDeferred
How does #SayHerName contribute to the conversation?
Centering Black women in discussions of police violence pulls these conversations away from the idea that addressing police violence means “fixing” individuals and not structural systems of inequality and oppression.
Tweet: "Good" cops don't fix a racist system, they only perpetuate it. Reject this narrative #SayHerName #HerDreamDeferred #PoliceBrutality
How do Black women’s specific statuses and identities create vulnerabilities?
Women of color are frequently economically and socially marginalized, marking them as especially vulnerable to state violence.
Tweet: Poverty=vulnerability to #PoliceBrutality. The median wealth for a single Black woman is $5. This is violence #SayHerName #HerDreamDeferred
What are the specific consequences of Black women’s vulnerabilities?
Many Black women are the primary, and sometimes only, caretaker in their family, so their deaths have particularly severe impacts on their households and throughout their communities.
Tweet: WOC killed by police are often primary caregivers, leaving parents or children with no one to care for them #SayHerName #HerDreamDeferred
How does art fit into the #SayHerName movement?
Art allows us to see these women and hear these stories in an accessible and engaging manner.
Tweet: Art helps us see the unseen and imagine the impossible. We must sing and dance, lifting WOC killed by police up to the light #SayHerName