The Resisterhood Concert

The Resisterhood Concert

Saturday, March 10, 2018
7 p.m. at Luther Place Memorial Church

The Resisterhood Concert is a celebration of the resistance, persistence, power, and diversity of D.C. women in the arts in honor of International Women’s Day. We are claiming this day as our own. We are taking up space. We are gathering together to make a joyful noise to lift each other up in song, movement, and art. The Resisterhood fills the void with a joyful noise, and a thundering beat. The Resisterhood is made up of many hands and many feet, marching, singing, dancing forward into change. The Resisterhood means we will not be ignored, we will not go quietly. We celebrate ourselves, this day and every day because the rising of the women means the rising of us all.



The Show


Batalá Washington is an all-women Afro-Brazilian band that plays Samba-Reggae rhythms.


Rev. Karen Brau

The Rev. Karen Brau, ordained in 1990, came to Luther Place Memorial Church in December 2009 after serving as Pastor of Amazing Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in East Baltimore for 18 years.



The Stove

Warrior Song

Conscientious Objector

We Want The Vote

How Can I Keep From Singing?



Dhinaku Dhin Jiya (Living Life Boldly)

Nainowale (The One with Captivating Eyes)

LA Love Remix




Deed I Do

Satin Doll

Sir Duke



Bread & Roses arr. Noel León

     Commonly associated with the successful textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1912 (often known as the "Bread and Roses strike"), the slogan pairing bread and roses appealed for both fair wages and dignified conditions.

Human arr. Noel León

     Released by Dionne Farris in 1994, "Human" urges us to accept that our differences are what make us human, and to embrace the diversity within and among us.

Behind The Wall arr. Mackenzie Howard

     Content warning: domestic violence

     In "Behind the Wall," Tracy Chapman speaks about the cyclical domestic violence of a married couple through the perspective of their neighbor, and the futility of calling the police for help. 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of its release.

     Learn more about local organizations serving and empowering survivors of domestic violence.

A Change is Gonna Come arr. Lauren Peters-Collaer

     Sam Cooke's early 1960's hit about his personal experiences with racism became an anthem of the civil rights movement. His lyrics still resonate today as we push forward in our fight for justice and equality.

Breathe Fire arr. Noel León and Bekki Fahrer

     Content warning: graphic descriptions about the aftermath of a chemical spill

     Breathe Fire is a project conceived, and written, for the Bhopal Medical Appeal. Its aims to spread awareness of the ongoing disaster in Bhopal and, ultimately, to shame those in positions of power into acting to put it right.

     Find out how you can become involved in the Bhopal Medical Appeal here.

Ain’t Gonna

     Based on an African American spiritual, "Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around" became an anthem of the Civil Rights movement for its joyful declarations that nothing and nobody can turn someone from the path to justice and freedom.


Dana Fleitman, Ms. of Ceremonies

Dana Fleitman is a Washington, D.C. comedienne who brings laughter to the joyless masses of our nation’s capital through her imaginative over-analysis of everyday life. Clever and sarcastic, Dana will merrily pontificate on groundbreaking and original topics like her cat, dating and eating. Dana comes from an activist and social justice background and is excited to lend her voice to less important issues.

Dana is the regular host of PUN DMV (the DC Improv's quarterly pun contest) and has performed at the DC Improv, DC Drafthouse, Howard Theatre, Arch City Comedy Festival, Contemporary Jewish Museum and She Devil Comedy Festival. She also produces elaborately themed holiday comedy shows in the District.


Thank you …

  • To our excellent MC Dana Fleitman, musicians, singers and dancers who volunteered their time to perform here tonight. Please book them for your future events!

  • To Luther Place Memorial Church and Pastor Karen, Sarah, Mike and Brian, for donating time, space and energy for this concert.

  • To SongRise for livestreaming this event and hosting the virtual program on their website.

  • To the volunteer American Sign Language interpreters, Alix Kraminitz, Amanda Welly and Sarah Lutvak.

  • To Mary Neal for printing our promotional materials.

  • To Oliver Barry and Nikki Nesbary for expertly handling our audio needs.

  • To Planned Parenthood of Metro Washington, DC, the Ambassadors and the Developing Leaders Program for their support.

  • To you for attending tonight's concert and for your generous support of these performing groups and Planned Parenthood of Metro Washington, DC!


Nicole Nesbary