On Monday, July 24, The Labor Forum on WRFG 89.3FM, 4-5pm, will pay tribute to Joyce Brookshire, a remarkable songwriter and advocate for her Cabbagetown community of mill workers and mountain folk.
Brookshire died on June 4 of this year at age 76.
This past week-end, a celebration of her life was held with a score of musicians singing her songs decrying poverty and war; describing the hardships of being a mill worker and suffering from hunger and homelessness. She cast a scathing eye on the “urban pioneers” gentrifying her neighborhood and the politicians who glorified militarism. Joyce sang of the beauty of the mountains where she was born and where the roots of many Cabbagetown residents could be found. Her songs proudly proclaim her strength and abilities as a woman.
Joyce Brookshire is featured along with the Indigo Girls and a number of other noted Atlanta musicians on the WRFG produced album, “Don’t Eat Out of Dented Cans.”
Elise Witt, well-known Atlanta singer and musician. will provide commentary during The Labor Forum’s tribute to this working class singer and songwriter, a people’s musician.
This special tribute program is airing during the second week of WRFG’s summer pledge drive. It is an example of why community radio is so vital to our collective consciousness
of the talents, contributions and value of so-called everyday people.
You are urged to make your donation to WRFG and The Labor Forum by calling in during the show (or anytime) at 404.523.8989, go online at http://www.wrfg.org
or use the WRFG app on your mobile device. You also can mail your check to 1083 Austin Ave NE, Atlanta 30307 or walk it in.
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