Join the Office of Institutional Diversity for a documentary viewing of "Wild Women Don't Have the Blues" in recognition of March Women's History Month.
“The story of Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters, Bessie Smith, Alberta Hunter, Ida Cox, and other pioneering blues women from early in the century are brought to life in Wild Women Don’t Have Blues. We learn of their vision and their struggle, their pain and their humor, their unflagging spirit, and most of all, their legendary music. The film compiles for the first time dozens of rare, classic renditions of the early blues to commentary by ‘Queen of the Blues,’ Koko Taylor. Ma Rainey, “Mother of the Blues,” first put the work songs of Black field hands on stage in 1902. At the end of WWI, millions of African- Americans left the fields of the South to search for work in the factories of the North. The blues singers followed with their music salty and melancholy, full of pain, humor and love.”