• Carina Yepez

HerStory: Momma Kemba

Updated: Sep 29


I met Momma Kemba on a hot summer day as we honored the life of Eugene Williams and others in Chicago. Remembering the 1919 race riots 100 years later Momma Kemba was performing Ida B. Wells in her power and wisdom. I was moved when I saw Momma Kemba approach the stage wearing her clothing impersonating a powerful human before her. Reflecting on Momma Kemba, Ida B. Wells, Bernella, and my grandmother I was reminded of the black and brown stories that get erased and not learned in American History. From Mississippi to Chicago, Momma Kemba and Ida B. Wells. Image of Momma Kemba, roses and petunias from photo collection, appliqué, feathers, and quilted on cotton.