Social activist, educator explains her motivation to speak

Clarion, Pa.- To say that Reenah Golden, also known as Madame Black,

Golden stands with minority student service director, Rogers Laugand.
Golden stands with minority student service director, Rogers Laugand.

does anything she sets her mind to is an understatement. She is an actress, performer, poet, social activist and educator. Golden really can do anything; she does it all.

Golden came to Clarion University on Feb. 10 to enlighten students on civil rights matters and perform some of her personal poems.

Originally from Rochester, New York, she attended the Rochester Institute of Technology. In 2006, she founded Slam High, a poetry slam for teens, which was well received and acclaimed.

Golden is a co-founder of Kuumba Consultants, which is dedicated to helping young artists of color to succeed in agencies and art schools.

She’s also a nonfiction writer and wrote two books titled “All Me” and “Revelation from the Single Mama Tribe,” and she completed a Home Box Office documentary series, in 2008, called HBO Brave New Voices, which was geared toward youth poetry.

She has received awards, such as the New York State Council of Young Literary award, and travel grants to continue her journey of motivating others. She strives to remind others that their voice is their greatest gift.

Golden has traveled across the world to speak to the youth in countries such as Trinidad and Spain. One of her best pieces of spoken word performance the stage play “No Child.”

The play is a one-women show about public school education in which Golden plays 16 different characters. The play was well received, and actually sold out in Rochester theaters and as well as other theatres and schools.

Golden said, “My son is my biggest motivation as well as young kids, and their education.” She said, “I didn’t see Martin Luther King himself as an influence but more so his purpose for the civil rights movement is what makes him so influential.”

“His passionate and drive to fight for what was humanly right is inspiring and important to remember, but more so his movement connects the dots to the community, love and revolution,” she continued.

Golden wants to prove that the work that “the movement” presents is still not finished. “It is best that we continue to push on and work harder,” she said.

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