Wednesday, February 7th – 7:00 pm
All the Women in My Family Sing:
Women Write the World – Essays on Equality, Justice, and Freedom

Contributors read!

Raising the Voices of Women of Color!

Deborah Santana – activist, author, and editor of All the Women in My Family Sing – hosts contributors to the anthology: Samina Ali, La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson, Denise Diaab and Camille Hayes.

 A new collection of essays by America Ferrera, Belva Davis, Marian Wright Edelman, Natalie Baszile, Porochista Khakpour, Samina Ali, Nayomi Munaweera, and many more, All the Women in My Family Sing gives voice to a new era, a vital anthology of prose and poetry. It  captures the aspirations and wisdom of women of color as they exercise autonomy, creativity, and dignity and build bridges to heal the brokenness in today’s turbulent world.

Sixty-nine authors ― African American, Asian American, Chicana, Native American, Cameroonian, South African, Korean, LGBTQI ― lend their voices to broaden cross-cultural understanding and to build bridges to each other’s histories and daily experiences of life.

Editor Deborah Santana is an author, seeker and activist for peace and social justice. She is founder of Do A Little, a nonprofit that serves women and girls in the areas of health, education and happiness. In 2005 she published a memoir, Space Between the Stars: My Journey to an Open Heart. Santana has produced five short documentary films. She is mother to three beloved adult children: Salvador, a songwriter and instrumental artist; Stella, a singer/songwriter; and Angelica, an archivist and film producer. She is a leadership donor to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and has a master’s degree in philosophy and religion, with a concentration in women’s spirituality.

Samina Ali is an award-winning author, activist and cultural commentator. Her debut novel, Madras on Rainy Days, won France’s prestigious Prix Premier Roman Etranger Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Fiction. Ali’s work is driven by her belief in personal narrative as a force for achieving women’s individual and political freedom. She is the curator of the groundbreaking, critically acclaimed virtual exhibition Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art & Voices. A former cultural ambassador for the U.S. State Department and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Daily Beast, Ali has spoken extensively at universities and other institutions worldwide. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Economist, the Guardian and Vogue as well as on National Public Radio (NPR) and elsewhere. She is currently working on a memoir about her near-death experience delivering her firstborn.

La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson is an educator, writer, certified Integral Coach and founder and CEO of BARUTI Enterprises. She is dedicated to creating and supporting environments for transformation. She was born in Oakland, California, and was a product of Oakland public schools before entering San Francisco State University. She received a bachelor’s degree in social work in the winter of 1984. La Rhonda, a much-sought-after speaker and facilitator, is proud of her nearly thirty-five-year career, which has focused on women’s wellness, providing access to health care, reproductive rights, community development and education. She is currently working on a novel and establishing a publishing company.

Denise Diaab is a writer who  is striving to  live her  life in such a way as to be a channel of God’s grace. Ms. Diaab says her primary legacy is her four children and three grandchildren. She is working on her first book, Buen Camino: Getting to St. Jean Pied de Port, in which she shares stories of personal growth, transformation and synchronicity in preparing for her 500-mile pilgrimage on El Camino de Santiago. She finished her Camino journey on June 22, 2016 after thirty-three days of walking.

Camille Hayes is an editor and writer who works in the publishing industry, specializing in psychology and self-help books. She previously worked as a newspaper columnist, a public policy advocate in the domestic violence movement, and she maintained the feminist blog Lady Troubles from 2011-2014. Camille holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Master of Arts in English.