Radical Night Out – celebrating Black Radical Women

Mar 27, 2018

It is called the Radical Women's Night Out, a special event highlighting black arts.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to organizers about how it celebrates women. 

“When I mean radical, I mean determined – we have a voice – we have a strong voice and we must be heard,” declared Eunice Lewin, SUNY Trustee and committee member of the event.

Michele Brown & Eunice Lewin, members of Radical Women's Night Out committee honored at City Hall Monday.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Lewin reacting to what is called "We wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women' from 1965 to 1985” – a special exhibit celebrated at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.  An event was held earlier this month and a second will be held on the evening of April 19th.  

“And I really want to give a shout-out to the leadership at Athe Albright-Knox to having the vision and to bring this exhibition forward, and the exhibition has prime space. It is beautifully curated – it’s really extraordinary,” Lewin explained.   

Working on the committee with Lewin is Mayor Byron Brown's wife, Michelle Brown. 

“As far as this artwork goes, all these women – they use different mediums, whether it be dialogue – different minds of materials and how they pull all that together to represent women is amazing,” Brown said. “And the featured speaker that night are Jessica Lynne and Jae Jarell, and she is one of the original founders for this exhibit. She has some artwork in the exhibit.”

Lynne is co-founder and editor of ARTS.BLACK and Black Arts Incubator. 

Valeria Cray is a sculpture in Buffalo and works on public art. She's also serving on the Radical committee.

“Buffalo is opening up, I feel, a little bit more – before it was a hard door to open, but now I see the doors cracking open a little more for a  women to step up more with the ideas and sample who they are,” said Cray.

“I’m going to ask all of the members of the Radical Women’s committee, who are here to please stand,” stated Mayor Brown. 

The Mayor honored the program as part of Women’s History month at City Hall Monday.

The Radical Women's Night Out event is free, but you need to register at the Albright-Knox website to attend.