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December Birthdays & Events (via NWHP)

December Highlights in U. S. Women’s History 
December 1, 1955 – Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus to a white person; her arrest sparks the modern civil rights movement in the US
December 5, 1935 – Mary McLeod Bethune creates the National Council of Negro Women
December 7, 1941 – Capt. Annie Fox receives the first Purple Heart awarded to a woman for her service while under attack at Pearl Harbor
December 10, 1869 – Wyoming is the first territory to give women the right to vote
December 10, 1938 – Pearl S. Buck receives the Nobel Prize for Literature for The Good Earth
December 13, 1993 – Susan A. Maxman becomes first woman president of the American Institute of Architects in its 135 year history
December 14, 1961 – President’s Commission on the Status of Women is established to examine discrimination against women and ways to eliminate it
December 14, 1985 – Wilma Mankiller is sworn in as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma – the first woman in modern history to lead a major Native American tribe
December 17, 1993 – Judith Rodin is named president of Univ. of Pennsylvania, the first woman to head an Ivy League institution
December 28, 1967 – Muriel Siebert becomes the first woman to own a seat on the N.Y. Stock Exchange
December Birthdays 
December 1, 1893 (1981) – Dorothy Detzer, worked at Hull House where she investigated child labor infringements for several years, national secretary of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (1924-46) where she became known as the “Lady Lobbyist” in Congress, respected for her research and integrity – no personal favors, private dinners or backroom deals
December 1, 1913 (1990) – Mary Martin, actress, her Broadway break came in 1938 with singing of “My Heart Belongs to Daddy,” continued in New York and Hollywood with “Annie Get Your Gun,” “South Pacific,” “The Sound of Music,” and “Hello, Dolly”
December 2, 1886 (1976) – Josephine Roche, after gaining control of her late father’s Colorado coal mine operation in 1927, invited the United Mine Workers to organize workers and get contracts, supervised the Public Health Service as part of FDR’s administration, made recommendations for 1935 Social Security and tried to encourage universal health coverage, named one of 10 outstanding women in the U.S. in 1936
December 2, 1911 (1991) – Harriet Pilpel, lawyer, worked with the Guttmacher Institute from 1962 to support family planning for all and universal contraceptive use
December 2, 1923 (1977) – Maria Callas, operatic soprano, perfected bel canto voice and won acclaim in 1949 in Wagnerian role of Brunnhilde as well as high-flying Bellini traditional roles, but her extreme self-motivation and fierce ambition played out by 1965
December 3, 1842 (1911) – Ellen Swallow Richards, first woman to graduate from MIT (1873), recognized as the creator of the fields of ecology and home economics, co-founder of the Association of Collegiate Alumnae, which became the American Association of University Women
December 3, 1895 (1995) – Te Ate, interpreter of Cherokee, Chickasawa, Creek, Choctaw and other tribes in theater performances of these original cultures, entertained, educated, enlightened and inspired Americans like Eleanor Roosevelt and visitors like English royalty
December 5, 1890 (1990) – Mildred Olmsted, activist, advocate of Gandhian concept of nonviolent direct action, organization secretary of the Pennsylvania branch of WILPF, held leadership roles in SANE and ACLU
December 6, 1815 (1884) – Jane Swisshelm, suffragist, wrote articles for local papers against slavery, for women’s rights, and against legal inequities, led to close friendship with Mary Todd Lincoln
December 6, 1887 (1983) – Lynn Fontanne, actress, met Alfred Lunt in 1919 and both became popular stars by 1931, played 160 parts, many created by playwrights especially for them
December 6, 1927 (2002) – Patsy Mink, first Japanese-American Congresswoman (D-HI), wrote the Women’s Educational Equity Act, played a key role in the enactment of Title IX, which was renamed posthumously as the “Patsy Takemoto Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act”
December 6, 1967  Helen Greiner a co-founder of iRobot and currently CEO of CyPhyWorks and is a Trustee of the Museum of Science (Boston); on the Computer Science Advisory Board of Worcester Polytechnic Institute; and a Director of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).
December 8, 1919 (1985) – Julia Robinson, her logic and number theory resulted in theorems she discovered solving Hilbert’s Tenth Problem about 1970, assumed the presidency of the American Mathematical Society, awarded a MacArthur Foundation grant, elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
December 9, 1906 (1997) – Esther Peterson, as head of the Commission on the Status of Women was the most powerful woman in the Kennedy administration, fought for women’s rights, especially improvements in working women’s conditions, awarded the Medal of Freedom from President Carter in 1981
December 9, 1906 (1992) – Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, pioneering computer scientist who invented the compiler and co-invented COBOL, computer programming languages
December 10, 1830 (1886) – Emily Dickinson, one of America’s most famous and prolific poets
December 11, 1892 (1982) – Harriet Adams, after the 1930 death of her father, who had syndicated the publishing of juvenile books, she and her sister continued his practice with many titles in the Nancy Drew series which were plotted and then written by ghost writers
December 13, 1903 (1986) – Ella Baker, organizer, tried to develop local leaders for civil rights campaigns but found male leaders in the NAACP quite unwilling to delegate power, helped lead the Southern Christian Leadership Conference until Dr. King took over, worked with the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
December 14, 1897 (1995) – Margaret Chase Smith, first woman elected to both houses of Congress (R-ME), serving 8 years in the House of Representatives and 24 in the Senate, first in Senate to challenge Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anti-communist crusade
December 14, 1955.  Jill Pipher,  president of the Association of Women in Mathematics (AWM, 2011-), and first director of the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM, 2011-), an NSF-funded mathematics institute.
December 15, 1913 (1980) – Muriel Rukeyser, poet, won Yale Younger Poets award in 1935 for her first book, Theory of Flight, wrote 13 other poetry books, some with anti-war themes, took inspiration from travels to Hanoi and South Vietnam, The Book of the Dead dealt with silicone miners
December 16, 1844 (1928) – Fanny Garrison Villard, suffragist and philanthropist, provided financial support for certified milk and wholesome food in Diet Kitchen, provided funds for Barnard College, Radcliffe College and Hampton Institute, supported peace and woman suffrage with street speeches and parades, worked with the Women’s Peace Party
December 16, 1901 (1978) – Margaret Mead, renowned cultural anthropologist, author, lecturer
December 17, 1853 (1945) – Harriet Taylor Upton, joined suffrage movement in 1890 when converted by Susan Anthony, became treasurer of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, testified in Congress, managed suffrage campaigns and ratification drive in Ohio, held positions in the Republican Party, defeated for Congress at age 70
December 19, 1919 (2007) – Sally Ann Lilienthal, founder of Ploughshares in 1981 which gave fifty million dollars in grants to promote peace, reduce and ultimately eliminate nuclear weapons
December 21, 1959 (1998) – Florence Griffith Joyner (“Flo-Jo”), Olympic track and field champion, won 3 gold medals and 1 silver at 1988 Summer games, called “World’s Fastest Woman”
December 22, 1912 (2007) – Claudia “Lady Bird” Taylor Johnson, First Lady (1963-69), advocate for civil rights, National Chair of Head Start, led “Beautification” efforts across the country involving environmentalism, conservation, and anti-pollution
December 23, 1867 (1919) – Sarah “Madam C. J.” Walker, entrepreneur and philanthropist, first woman and first African American woman self-made millionaire, revolutionized hair care and cosmetics industry in early 20th century
December 23, 1912 (1998) – Anna Jane Harrison, chemistry professor at Mount Holyoke College (1945-89), continued research on ultraviolet spectroscopy and increased public understanding of the impact of science and technology, first president of the American Chemical Society (1987)
December 24, 1904 (1995) – Mary Bingham, led progressive philanthropy in civil rights with husband Barry Bingham’s Louisville newspapers from 1942 to 1985, funded bookmobiles, opera, symphony, and the Bingham Theatre
December 24, 1951 (1998) – Marsha Gomez, activist, used pottery and sculpture from her Choctaw ancestry to teach and further demand rights for indigenous women of many cultures, achieved NGO status for indigenous women in the United Nations, began the Foundation for a Compassionate Society with a group of about 20 artists
December 25, 1806 (1875) – Martha Wright, called the first Woman’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls in 1948 with her sister Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Stanton and others, president of women’s conventions in 1855 in Cincinnati, Saratoga, and Albany, a founder of the American Equal Rights Association in 1866, continued working for equal suffrage during Civil War
December 25, 1821 (1912) – Clara Barton, founder and president of American Red Cross, 1881-1904
December 26, 1954 (2006) – Susan Butcher, sled dog racer, 4-time winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
December 27, 1901 (1992) – Marlene Dietrick, actress, fled Germany and became an American citizen in 1937, gained great success in “Destry Rides Again” with James Stewart (1939) and wider popularity with World War II efforts
December 27, 1930 (1999) – Mary Ellen (Meg) Greenfield, named editorial editor at “Washington Post” in 1979 after winning a Pulitzer Prize, penned commentaries on civil rights, integration, nuclear arms and the military establishment
December 28, 1894 (1988) – Burnita Matthews, suffragist, as a young law student in the District of Columbia learned that she could carry a banner outside the White House but would be arrested for not having a permit if she spoke, stayed silent and avoided arrest, gained admission to the bar in 1920, worked for the National Woman’s Party, chosen as Federal District Court Judge by President Truman in 1949
December 29, 1937 (1990) – Thea Bowman, first black Catholic nun to join white Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in the 1960s, worked with issues of racial inequality
December 30, 1912 (1995) – Margaret Wade, won state and regional championships as semi-professional basketball player, became high school coach in 1935 and set a lifetime record of 453 wins, 89 losses and 6 ties, inspired the Wade Trophy (1978) awarded annually to the best collegiate women’s team
December 31, 1900 (1995) – Selma Burke, sculptor, part of the Black Renaissance under Augusta Savage, created the artwork for the “Roosevelt dime,” established the Selma Burke Art Center in the early 1970s.
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Playlist for 11/25/2012 Host: Birdie

Laura Wetzler “FLYING” from Flying
ZZ Ward “Til the Casket Drops”
Davina Robinson “Never Good Enough” from The Blazing Heart
Alanis Morissette “Sympathetic Character” from Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie
Emma’s Revolution “Not My War” from Revolutions Per Minute
The Four Bitchin’ Babes “The History of Cheese” from Mid Life Vices
Laurie Lewis “I Ain’t Gonna Work Tomorrow” from Skippin’ and Flyin’
k.d. lang & The Reclines “Big Boned Gal” from Absolute Torch & Twan
Michelle Shocked “Ghost Town (Who Cares)” from The Texas Campfire Tapes
Seanan McGuire “Carnival Glass” from Wicked Girls
Timi Yuro “LET ME CALL YOU SWEETHEART” from The Very Best of Timi Yuro
Heather Powell “Runnin’ Away” from Believe it to Life
Wendy Webb “Arms of America” from Edge of Town
Mimi Noland “The Hawk” from self released
Melissa Etheridge “A Sacred Heart” from 4th Street Feeling
Cassie Taylor “Spoken For” from Blue
Mary Black “The Night Was Dark and Deep” from Stories from the Steeples
Lianne La Havas “They Could Be Wrong” from Is Your Love Big Enough
Granville Automatic “Shores of Maryland” from Granville Automatic
Bonnie Raitt “Not Cause I Wanted To” from Slipstream
Rory Block “Twelve Gates To The City” from I Belong To The Band: A Tribute To Rev. Gary Davis
Sarah Jarosz “Come On Up To the House w/Tim O’Brien” from Song Up In Her Head
Memphis Minnie “Hoodoo Lady” from Columbia Original Masters: The Best of Memphis Minnie (1933-1937)
Jetty Rae “Chocolate Sunrise” from Drowning In Grain
Lucy Billings “My Caballo” from No Other Road
Cris Williamson & Teresa Trull “Country Blessed”
Erica Wheeler “Apache Motel” from Good Summer Rain
Cris Williamson “Lucille” from Blue Rider
Jeannie Gagné “Way Over Yonder” from Closer to Bliss
Kate Bush “And Dream Of Sheep” from Hounds of Love
Runa “Eppie Morie” from Somewhere Along the Road
Natacha Atlas “Feen” from Mish maoul
Nicky Schrire “Me, the Mango Picker” from Freedom Flight
Liz Mitchell “Karine” from Pretty House
Justine Dorsey “MaMa’s Song” from Unsaid – EP
Sunny Crownover “Cook In Your Kitchen” from Right Here Right
Deanna Bogart “Boogie Woogie Boogie” from Pianoland
Honor Finnegan “Internet Junkie” from The Tiny Life
The Sundays “Can’t Be Sure” from Reading, Writing & Arithmetic
Lindi Ortega “Heaven Has No Vacancy” from Cigarettes & Truckstops
Lisa Marie Baratta “SUMMERTIME” from Summertime
Nika Rejto “Moons of Mars” from Little Wizdoms
Dar Williams “I Am The One Who Will Remember Everything” from In the Time of Gods CD ALBUM (Razor & Tie 2012) N Buy it!

Playlist November 18 2012 — host kitten/barb

song artist album
Thanksgiving Eve Mary Ellen Wessels Current Obsessions 2003
Thanksgiving Song Dani McHenry It’s in you 2010
Born Again Keri Noble Keri Noble 2009
Blessing Song Barb Barton Turtle Dove 2009
Moment of Grace Sara Hickman Spirtual Appliances 2000
The Greatest Ones Alive Sarah MacDougall The Greatest Ones Alive 2011
After You Move On Sarah Swanson Dark Sunshine 2009
Blessing Sarah Wilson Trapeze Project 2010
Let the Waves Come in Threes Anna Dagmar Let the Waves Comes in Threes 2009
Falling Star Anna Dagmar Satellite 2012
Holy Now Anne Hills Points Of View 2009
One Planet At A Time Annie Dinerman Broken Cookies 2009
The Butterfly Effect Audrey Auld Mezera Music With The Dirt Left On 2008
Take Some Fire Beth Patterson Take Some Fire 2002
Sunrise Bethel Steele Of Love And Whiskey 2012
Rolling Down the Hills Carly Simon Carly Simon 1971
Woman’s Blues Laura Nyro Eli and the Thirteenth Confession 1968
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right Joan Baez The First 10 Years 1970
Stone For Bessie Smith Dory Previn Mythical Kings & Iguanas/Reflections In A Mud Puddle 2002
Cracked and Broken Diana Jones A Better Time Will Come
Who knows where the time goes by Eva Cassidy Cassidy: Imagine 2002
Lifetime Of Song Heather Alexander Everafter 2006
Rock Spirits February Sky Time-Honored Pathways 2011
Forestwalk Jen Midkiff All In Good Time 2011
Never Easy, Never Free Jenai Huff Transitions 2011
HEART WOUNDS McCarthy & Legge Tickets To The Moon 2011
Love Is A Battlefield Raining Jane The Good Match 2011
Spiral Sky Crystal Bright And The Silver Hands Muses And Bones 2012
Racing With The Sun Ella Jenkins Indivisible 2012
I Believe Etta Britt Out Of The Shadows 2012
Cards And Letters Folkstar Emotional Bootcamp 2012
Coyote Bones Gigi Love Sweet Relief 2012
Saint Francis Gretchen Peters Hello Cruel World 2012
Best Of Intentions The Hard Road Trio Monticello 2012
Born To Win (Part One) Hurray For The Riff Raff Look Out Mama 2012
Earth’s Heart Beats Jana Herzen Passion Of A Lonely Heart 2012
The Tiny Mouse Janis Ian Harbour of Songs 2012
Five Things To Do Today Jean Synodinos Girls, Good & Otherwise 2012

A Stone for Bessie Smith and the Killer Blues Project


From Wikipedia:

On September 26, 1937, Smith was critically injured in a car accident while traveling along U.S. Route 61 between Memphis, Tennessee, and Clarksdale, Mississippi. Her lover, Richard Morgan, was driving and, probably mesmerized by the long stretch of straight road, misjudged the speed of a slow-moving truck ahead of him. Tire marks at the scene suggested that Morgan tried to avoid the truck by driving around its left side, but he hit the rear of the truck side-on at high speed. The tailgate of the truck sheared off the wooden roof of Smith’s old Packard. Smith, who was in the passenger seat, probably with her right arm or elbow out the window, took the full brunt of the impact. Morgan escaped without injuries.

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Smith’s funeral was held in Philadelphia a little over a week later on October 4, 1937. Her body was originally laid out at Upshur’s funeral home. As word of her death spread through Philadelphia’s black community, the body had to be moved to the O.V. Catto Elks Lodge to accommodate the estimated 10,000 mourners who filed past her coffin on Sunday, October 3. Contemporary newspapers reported that her funeral was attended by about seven thousand people. Far fewer mourners attended the burial at Mount Lawn Cemetery, in nearbySharon Hill. [Her estranged husband Jack] Gee thwarted all efforts to purchase a stone for his estranged wife, once or twice pocketing money raised for that purpose.

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The grave remained unmarked until August 7, 1970, when a tombstone—paid for by singer Janis Joplin and Juanita Green, who as a child had done housework for Smith—was erected.

Dory Previn wrote a song of Janis Joplin and the tombstone called “Stone for Bessie Smith” on her album Mythical Kings and Iguanas.

You can here the song here: http://blip.fm/listen/Dory+Previn::A+Stone+For+Bessie+Smith

I tried to post a video, but got the following message when I searched for it on YouTube:

This video contains content from UMPG Publishing and EMI, one or more of whom have blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.

Sorry about that.
There is currently a non-profit organization called Killer Blues started by a gentleman by the name of Steve Salter:
It was a fateful road trip to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 1997 that The Killer Blues Headstone Project was born.  On his way through Chicago Steve decided to stop at a couple of cemetaries in the Chicago area known for the resting place of several blues artists he knew and loved.  “I wanted to pay my respects to those that had enriched my life with their music” Salter stated.  He was greatly shocked to find that many  had no marker on their grave.  It was at that point he decided to do something about it. He had already begun compiling a list of birth and death dates of blues artists and researching where they were buried.  He then began in earnest visiting their graves to see if they had a marker. Although he found that some did, many more did not. Steve photographed those that did which later became photos in his calendar.


I’d like to thank Steve Salter for his project to honor blues musicians,  Janis Joplin, Juanita Green and Dory Previn for caring about a woman who was once known as the Empress of Blues and Peoria Dave for turning me on to the Killer Blues project.

You can hear Dave at 90.1fm (WEFT) on Tuesday from 11:30am-2pm or listen live at weft.org.

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Transgender Remembrance Day – Nov 20, 2012

Carolina Chocolate Drops @ Krannert (via U of Illinois Music Librarian)

If you’re looking for a delightful evening of traditional string band music performed with a special twist, I hope you will make plans to attend tonight’s performance by the Carolina Chocolate Drops. The concert promises to keep everyone’s toes tapping the entire evening. The program is nearly sold out, but some tickets are still available. I’ve included some brief information below. Hope to see you at tonight. Scott

Carolina Chocolate Drops
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Tryon Festival Theatre
Tickets: $25 / $20 / $15 / $10

The rhythm and soul of this Piedmont-rooted, North Carolina-based crew electrified the crowds at ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival in 2011. From old-time numbers learned at the knee of the late octogenarian fiddler Joe Thompson to contemporary jazz and blues renditions, this ensemble brims with musical vigor and gives its audiences an “end-to-end display of excellence” (The New York Times). As band members Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, Hubby Jenkins, and Leyla McCalla ply banjo, fiddle, bones, voices, and more, they both celebrate and freshly interpret the black string band tradition, highlighting the central role that African Americans have played in shaping our nation’s distinctive popular music from its beginnings more than a century ago. Their ever-evolving sound is scrupulously researched, passionately delivered, and “unlike anything else in today’s popular music” (SoulTrain.com). For ticket information contact the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at 217-333-6280 or visit http://www.krannertcenter.com/.