day 3 (& 4)

March 06, 2018 Roobs Leiser

i couldn't even keep up daily posting for 3 days?!

anyway, here's double the girl power. 

today is tuesday march 6th, and today we honour ida b. wells & evelyn glennie

ida b. wells
b. 1862
d. 1931
born a slave in mississippi, ida found herself the sole caregiver and provider to her 5 siblings. by her early 20s, she was already making waves locally with her political views and educated approach to equal rights. she took a job as a schoolteacher in memphis in the 1880s and, while on a train there, found herself being ordered out of her first-class seat by a conductor. presenting her paid-for first-class ticket, ida refused. the conductor and other passengers then tried to drag her from the train. she hired a lawyer, sued the railroad company, and was eventually awarded $500. after the railroad company appealed, taking the case to the supreme court, the verdict was overturned and ida was ordered to pay court fees. by this point it had become all-too-obvious to her that black success would not be tolerated in tennessee - a realisation cemented in 1892. three of ida’s friends - thomas moss, calvin mcdowell, and henry stewart - had opened a grocery store, and its economic success resulted in the premises being invaded by a mob of white business owners & locals. in the ensuing altercation, three white men were injured. moss, mcdowell, and stewart were taken into custody. while awaiting trial, a white mob stormed the jail and lynched the three men.
ida b. wells would not take this lying down. she launched an investigate journalism crusade that would provoke a massive anti-lynching movement within the usa and beyond. she did tireless research - looking specifically at the charges given for the murders and concluding that, overwhelmingly, the reasoning behind almost all lynchings was social control. she raised money to publish her findings, and compiled a pamphlet entitled ‘southern horrors: lynch law in all its phases’. as well as her conducting & publishing her own research, she was also a regular contributor for many national newspapers, and co-owner & editor of ‘free speech & headlight’ - an anti-segregation newspaper. despite threats to her life, she continued to fight for an end to the lawlessness that black people faced in the south - she organised boycotts, completed two tours of britain - speaking to audiences of thousands at a time about lynching in the usa, and published a second work - ‘the red record’. she is also credited with being a founding member of both the national association of colored women (NACW) and the national association for the advancement of coloured people (NAACP). you can read more about the amazing ida b. wells here
evelyn glennie
b. 1965
evelyn is a scottish musician - and, arguably, the only one ever to create & sustain a career as a solo full-time percussionist. she is wonderful, and she is accomplished beyond words. she played the first ever percussion concerto in the history of the proms at the albert hall in 1992. she is a double grammy award winner, and bafta nominee. she collaborated on, and performed live at, the olympic opening ceremony in 2012. she is a composer, she is a performer, she is even an amazing orator (see her ted talk here). she is also profoundly deaf. her hearing started to go at age 2, and by age 12 had almost no sound quality whatsoever. she has always been, however, resiliently defiant about the extent to which this affects her & her career. her outlook remains that, if you listen to her play and are more concerned about how a deaf person can be playing music, then she has failed as a musician. and, indeed, she has not. 
perhaps i am biased - having grown up playing percussion - but watching evelyn play barefoot and realising the extent to which she is really, truly, *feeling* the music, is exhilarating. you can watch her play here, and you can read - in her own words - about her deafness here
and now playing in GRLCLB HQ:
'our deal' - best coast

see you tomorrow pals xoxoxoxoxoxox

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