Hello My Sistahs!
Check out our Sistah of the month for November – Wendi O’Neal.
Wendi O’Neal is a cultural worker, facilitator, and educator who was born and raised in New Orleans. Ms. O’Neal has worked in local, regional and national justice organizations; but her heart’s work is rooted in the US South, especially the kind of organizing that happens around kitchen tables in the Black belt and Appalachia. She regularly facilitates adult students in how to use story circles, and has been a teaching artist for 4 years with the Ashe Kuumba Institute with students ages 6 – 16.
Wendi uses freedom songs and story circles to share Black resistance movement culture, traditions and history. Her areas of interest include the role of the local New Orleans CORE chapter (Congress of Racial Equality) in the Freedom Rides of 1961, Freedom Summer of 1963-4, SNCC (Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee) Freedom Singers use of song in justice movement, the Albany Movement, and the children of the Selma Voting Rights Movement.