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TRIBUTE TO MOUNTAIN MOVING
2006-01-01

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Pictured #1 Kathy Munzer and Jackie Anderson. #2 Back row: Ann, Kathy, and Deidre. Front: Dawn and Sarah. Photos by Tracy Baim

By C.C. Carter—performed Dec. 10, 2006

I was born here

Second row third seat from the left

listening to icon women

who had helped create a dynasty

for all us young artist wanna be's and

in that moment

the spirit of woman's work washed over me and

respect for woman's space became my belief

I was born into womanry

Birthed by three midwives

who didn't smack me into screams

but dared me to speak and

those three became my surrogates

I first crawled here

Stepped to a mic and

long before there was a thing called

spoken word poetry

I spoke words and claimed them as poetry and

the women of the house encouraged me

I took independent first steps here

Wrote five poems

( Dear Butch, Dear Femme, Dear Just You,

Women Are Music, I Want to Go Back )

They took up ten pages

Folded them in half and stapled them

Sold over a hundred Letters to My Love in a night

because the neighborhood women supported me

I came out here

A debutante at the ball

No longer an opening act

I was my own headliner

C.C. Carter was created here and

200 women in the village uplifted me

I graduated from here

No longer K-12, I was coached

by my surrogates to leave the nest to attend

higher learning at other women's institutions and

3,000 women of this secret society now know me

I came back home and got married here

Pledged my devotion

Betrothed my heart to love

honor and respect women artists

I renew these vows out loud to over

5,000 women worldwide yearly

I gave birth here

to an idea that women's theater

needed its own platform

That the greatest novels never read and

the greatest stories never told

could be staged and produced here

Harriet Tubman Visits a Therapist

Bull Jean Stories

Say Jesus and Come to Me and

a new generation of women

came to know Mountain Moving's Legacy

I became a certified midwife here

Learned the value of women's space and the need

for young women to know they are worthy

Created a model of Mountain Moving on the South Side

But every February we follow the North Star on a journey

Bring our Daughters to the motherland

A pilgrimage of rites of passage to their herstory

Cause I was born here

Birthed into womanhood

by Papi Jackie

Mami Kathy and

my fierce aunt Toni

who created a house for women artists

That's why I speak my last lines of poetry

in the house that I grew up in with so many memories

Cause they were the three that birthed me

And this is the house that raised me

And you are the women that watched over me

And that's why I'm the woman that I turned out to be


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