The Liberian Women's Chorus for Change at the Women Against Abuse Press Conference, Love Park, Philadelphia, October 2014. Photo by Leslie Macedo.
The Liberian Women's Chorus for Change will perform as part of the Liberian Independence Day Celebration in Trevose, Pennsylvania.
Led by 2014 Pew Fellow Fatu Gayflor and funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the Liberian Women's Chorus for Change addresses urgent issues of violence against women in Philadelphia's growing Liberian community. The members of the chorus adapt existing folk songs and write new ones in traditional styles, in the hopes of subverting historical narratives in which women are blamed, stigmatized, or victimized. The Chorus' goals are to foster conversation through song, generate collective strength to act, and offer options and resources for change. The Philadelphia Folklore Project will present the Chorus in local Liberian neighborhoods as well as in concerts at World Cafe Live and other venues.