Aishah Shahidah Simmons is coming to Denver, March 26 and 27 as the Rachel Noel Visiting Professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver! Aishah is an award-winning Black feminist lesbian documentary filmmaker, activist, cultural worker and writer. Her films and short videos on issues of race, gender, homophobia, rape and misogyny creatively explore hard issues in ways that provide tools for social transformation and personal healing.

A survivor of incest and rape, Aishah Simmons is the producer of the acclaimed feature length film, “NO! – The Rape Documentary” and is currently developing a multimedia project #LoveWITHAccountability to examine the essential combination of accountability and love in successful work to address child sexual abuse. Aishah’s project also explores how silence around child sexual abuse in families encourages a culture of sexual violence in all other institutions – religious, academic, activist, political and professional.

Aishah Simmons’ writings, cultural work and activism have been widely documented in print and electronic media sources, including Ms., ColorLines, TheRoot.com, Forbes, Crisis, Alternet, Racialicious, Left of Black, The Chronicle of Higher Education, HuffPost Black Voices, National Public Radio (NPR) and Black Entertainment Television (BET).

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear this remarkable speaker whose personal story and political commitments align in deep, powerful and difficult ways. Please join us on Sunday March 26 for a Community Keynote Speech at 3pm at Shorter Community AME Church, 3100 Richard Allen Court, Denver CO 80205. For more information, go to msudenver.edu/noel

In addition to all the above, Aishah is longstanding friend of the Veterans of Hope Project. Both of her parents, Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons and Michael Simmons, were activists in the southern freedom movement who have continued their social justice organizing work into their 70s, and both were interviewed for the VOHP archive.

Join us if you can!

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