NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Women’s History Month is now in full swing, celebrating the role of women in American history.New Jersey Under State Of Emergency As Nor'easter Threatens Flood Prone Areas
“We have several days, starting tomorrow, celebrating the accomplishments, talking about the challenges of women, and also promoting gender equality and empowerment,” festival curator Isisara Bey told CBSN New York’s Alex Denis.
Some of the participants include poet Nikki Giovanni, educator Johnnetta B. Cole, journalist April Ryan, activist Angela Davis, author Susie Orman and singer Alice Smith.READ MORE: MTA Says It's Prepared To Deal With Subway Flooding, Commuters Encouraged To Use Mass Transit
“One of the things we want to accomplish with this is to show the wide range of our experiences as women,” said Bey. “So while there are many things that will intrigue us and cause us to do some really deep thinking, we’ll also have fun.”
Asked why the Apollo Theater, Bey called it the “cultural capital” of “not just New York, but of the world, of black culture.”
“Whenever I walk in that building, the feeling I get from all the people who performed there and lived there during their performances and worked there – it’s just a wonderful feeling to be part of that legacy,” she said.MORE NEWS: Long Island Preparing For Potential Flooding, Power Outages As Rain And Wind Pick Up
The festival runs through Sunday, March 17. Some of the events are free of charge, while others cost up to $30. For more information, click here.