Honoring Legacy: A Tribute to Lucille Clifton through Voices of Change

Honoring Lucille Clifton's legacy, the event celebrated her impact on arts and activism, emphasizing diversity, storytelling, and the power of media to inspire societal change.
Wednesday, February 02, 2022
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The Geena Davis Institute, in collaboration with the SAG-AFTRA Foundation and The Clifton House, proudly presented "Honoring Legacy: A Tribute to Lucille Clifton through Voices of Change" on February 22nd. This special virtual gathering aimed to honor the enduring impact of Lucille Clifton, celebrated poet and activist, by weaving her legacy with powerful voices advocating for diversity and empowerment in the arts. Esteemed speakers and artists shared their experiences, performed readings, and discussed the ongoing influence of Clifton’s work in promoting inclusivity and understanding in media and beyond.

Speakers and Panelists:
Geena Davis, Founder and Chair, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
Madeline Di Nonno, President and CEO, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
Sidney Clifton, SVP, Animation and Mixed Media, Jim Henson Company, and Lucille Clifton’s daughter
Alora Young, Writer, Actor, Youth Poet Laureate
Alysia Reiner, Award-Winning Actor and Producer
Marley Dias, Author and Activist
Isabella Gomez, Award-Winning Actor
Terrence Little Gardenhigh, Actor
Louis Gossett Jr., Academy-Award Winning Actor, Writer/Producer/Director

Event Highlights:

The event was introduced by Madeline Di Nonno, who set the stage for a tribute filled with reflections and readings inspired by Lucille Clifton’s life and work.

Geena Davis and Sidney Clifton offered opening remarks that framed the event as a celebration of Clifton’s profound legacy in the fight for representation and equity.


Sidney Clifton, honoring her mother's memory, introduced each guest speaker, leading into a series of poignant poetry readings that echoed Lucille Clifton’s themes of resilience, identity, and empowerment.
The panel discussion, anchored by Madeline Di Nonno, delved into the transformative power of the arts, inspired by Clifton’s example, to challenge societal norms and inspire change.


The audience Q&A session facilitated meaningful interaction, allowing attendees to explore the ongoing relevance of Clifton’s work and its impact on contemporary discussions around diversity and representation in the arts.

Key Takeaways:

Actionable Insights:

This event did more than just celebrate the remarkable life and work of Lucille Clifton; it served as a poignant reminder of the arts' power to catalyze change and the responsibility of every creator and consumer to honor and extend her legacy of inclusivity and empowerment.

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3rd Annual Night of Poetry Honoring Lucille Clifton

STARZ #TAKETHELEAD presents the 3rd Annual Night of Poetry Honoring Lucille Clifton, celebrating her legacy with captivating performances.
4252 West Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91505 6pm-8:30pm
Speaker:
Geena Davis, Founder and Chair, Geena Davis Institute