The medley of percussion combined with a unified call and response that bounces off of DC street corners is the unique sound of Go-Go. With origins in the 1960s, Go-Go continues to be the soundtrack of Black joy and resistance in the face of decades of criminalization, displacement, and cultural erasure in the District. Yet, pioneer Black women in Go-Go remain largely unsung. Not anymore! ARTLAB teams up with women-centric creative consulting agency GIRLAAA and the LGBTQ+ space activators Makers Lab to examine the history and foundational role Black women play in Go-Go. Do not miss out on the groundbreaking virtual series, Respect Her Crank!
Go-Go Unplugged ft. Sweet Cherie and Lil Boogie of Be’la Dona
Wednesday, August 19 | 6–7 pm EDT
Respect Her Crank!: A Go-Go Herstory Showcase
Saturday, August 22 | 4–6 pm EDT
This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.