20–The Chief and the Queen

“You’ll want to get in touch with Queen Rukiya and Chief Howard”, Cherice advised. We’d been working together for several years and, ever the teacher, Cherice felt it would be helpful, expansive, for me to meet other members of the community,...

20–Pretty pretty

When I met Cherice Harrison Nelson for the first time I didn’t realize I was meeting a legend. Tall and regal, known as Queen Reesie to many, Cherice carries herself like a queen. Hovering in a cloud of chicory and milk foam, we met at CC’s Coffee on...

20

“Mom, do you know where you’re going?” my 14 year old daughter asked incredulously. It was March, 2006 and Maddie peered at the map as we threaded through the Arkansas hills. The clunk, rattle, clunk of the rented Enterprise van had become familiar....

Women’s Day

Though The Sewing Machine Project has no gender specific policy, most of the machines we distribute go to women. Since the beginning, groups begun by and working with women find a connection with the work we do. We hear the stories. Stories of great need, of women...

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