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Women's History Salons
Salsa Soul Sisters: Honoring Lesbians of Color with the Lesbian Herstory Archives
Cassandra Grant, Imani Rashid, Roberta Oloyade Stokes, Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz
Fri, November 15th, 2019 | 6 PM | $15 ($12 Members, $8 Women’s History Council Members)

Join us at the Center for Women's History for thrilling programs and intimate conversations with scholars, journalists, artists, activists, businesswomen, and more amazing leaders of today. Guided by its expert committee of scholars, the Center has a full calendar of public events and salons to explore. 


Founded by Rev. Delores Jackson in New York City in 1974, Salsa Soul Sisters: Third World Women, Inc., was the first organization dedicated to lesbians of color in the country. Consisting primarily of African American lesbians and inclusive of Latinas, Asian American, and indigenous women who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or same-gender-loving, Salsa Soul Sisters created an alternative to the bars and a safe space supporting New York City's lesbians of color community. Cassandra Grant, Imani Rashid, and Roberta Oloyade Stokes share their stories of creativity, struggle, and triumph. 

First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray—a former Salsa Soul Sister herself—provides the opening remarks.

Before the salon, join a  5pm tour of our exhibition By The Force Of Our Presence: Highlights from the Lesbian Herstory Archives, which features archival materials from the Salsa Soul Sisters. 

Refreshments will be served.


Dexter Hall at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


By phone: Contact New-York Historical’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily.
Online: Click on the orange “Buy Tickets” button at the top of this page.
In person: Advance tickets may be purchased on site at New-York Historical’s Admissions desk during museum hours.

Advance purchase is required to guarantee particpation. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Program tickets do not include Museum Admission unless otherwise noted.

Credit: Pat R. Chin, photographer, Harriet Alston and Shirley Gaven at Gay Pride March, 1978. Collection of the Lesbian Herstory Archives

Lead support for the Center for Women's History programs provided by
Joyce B. Cowin, Diane and Adam E. Max, Jean Margo Reid, 
and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

Creative: Tronvig Group