This blog excerpt comes from my post on the Southern Honey Pilgrimage. I was thinking, as I often do, about how exposed I feel everytime I am plain speaking, describing a thing as it is.
I understand the power and necessity of Black women telling their stories, but for me there is always a bit of hesitancy. It is as though the internalized oppressive beliefs about visibility and appropriateness get kicked up and suck breath and words from my mouth. I feel the need to stay quiet, so as not to draw attention to myself. I feel that though, I am speaking my truth, and know that I am having a common experience, I am not supposed to speak about it, and if the experience is to be spoken about, then there must be someone more appropriate to tell the story than I. So in these fearful moments, I remember the truth. I know that I am the best and only person to tell the stories I know. In order to thrive Black women must be able to speak openly about life as we know it.
Cynthia C Harris
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She is a self-described Writer/ Performance Artist/ Dancer/ Activist/ Health Educator/ and proud southerner. A natural sign watcher, very much in tune with her surroundings, Ms. Harris finds it almost impossible not to hear the stories hovering around people. Growing up in a multi-talented family, she always felt at peace pursuing her creative interests. However when it came time to choose a career, Cynthia chose to focus on her parallel interest in health and graduated from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University with a BS in biology in 1999. Her subsequent work in the field of women’s reproductive health research fed her appreciation for the analytical and gave her the opportunity to study human behavior, leading her to not only be a vocal advocate for women’s health issues, but to create stories of empowerment.
Ms. Harris developed her weaving voices technique as she deepened her understanding of the intersection of performance art and public health. In 2017, Ms. Harris completed her Master of Public at Tennessee State University. In 2018, How to Catch a Flying Woman premiered and was commissioned in 2019 by Nashville Public Library. In 2022, The Calling is in the Body debuted with Actors Bridge Ensemble.
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