The amazing Women Of The Soil project creates and makes visible for the first time the richness of Manchester Black Women’s History. The histories of activism tend to ignore black women. They have been taken for granted and assumed to have a passive role.
Women Of The Soil is a heritage project which focuses on the professional achievements of Manchester Black women and their activism within the community from the 1980’s to the present day. It also looks at the ways in which Louise Da-Cocodia has influenced their professional/political /cultural development – an integral and important part of black women’s history.
This project is aimed at inspiring the next generation(s), especially young women; to not only empower themselves but also think of the wider community. It is also committed to ensuring that the voices of Black women and girls of all ages can be heard.
Two documentary films about the Women Of The Soil project created by First Cut Media and directed by Tony Reeves have been produced. The first is about Black Women’s activism and the second is about Louise da-Cocodia herself. They were premiered on 17th June 2018 in Moss Side, Manchester, incredibly well received by the local community. These are essential viewing for anyone interested in Black Women’s History, they are the most important final outputs and are at the heart of the project.
Black Women’s Activism In Manchester
‘Mrs D’ (Louise Da-Cocodia)
A further film of a discussion about the activism of pioneering black women was also produced, involving a critical discussion between Mama Eloise Edwards, Betty Luckham and Auntie Julie Asumu in response to prompts from Angela Ankeli:
Celebrating The Community Activism Of Pioneering Black Women
We welcome you to check all of this work out – CLICK HERE for the home page to the project.
Of course there is more about Louise Da-Cocodia on this website, plus there is an interesting article at www.wearewarpandweft.wordpress.com/stature-project/the-women-were-celebrating/louise-da-cocodia .