25th Anniversary Events

Freedom Forum 2021

Community Voices for an Equitable Earth 

What are the stories the world needs to hear as we look at environmental justice through the lens of community equity, well- being and health? 

Sunday, October 10, 2021 @ 4PM-6PM

Wyandanch Plaza, Wyandanch, NY

In a full-length film by 6-Time Emmy Nominee Waldo Cabrera, we are taken into a world where the cry for racial and environmental justice rises up with each word. In the interval between the coming of trains, in the shadow of the Wyandanch railroad station, Herstory and community writers interweave their stories. Narratives cry out for an equitable earth, while exposing the injustice of toxic dumping in minority neighborhoods, youth share their despair about inheriting a declining landscape and health disparities are exposed, all in an effort towards change and hope. Hear business owners, health care workers, school teachers, high school students, and court advocates raise their voices, while an engaging chorus punctuates their messages. Read more...


“The earth is moaning, groaning, waiting for the answer…” sings the Greek Chorus at the start of this remarkable event staged by Renee Joshua-Porter, narrator of the audio books Zora Neale Hurston: Stories and Novels, I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African American Poetry, and Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth, and author of Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Beautiful.


This project was conceived and developed by Herstory’s founder and director, Erika Duncan and the Herstory team, directed and developed by Renee Joshua-Porter and the Black, Hispanic and intergenerational writers she gathered around her, in partnership with the Babylon Citizens Council on the Arts (BACCA), and the Wyandanch Plaza Association. Special thanks for generous funding from Suffolk County Department of Economic Development, Office of Film and Cultural Affairs, Humanities NY, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts. Other partners include: Peconic Land Trust, OLA of Eastern Long Island, Canio’s Books, Suffolk County Office of Women’s Services, and Long Beach Latino Civic Association.


Herstory has been the representative of a statewide Freedom Forum movement, initiated in 2018 at Federal Hall through the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy.

25th Anniversary Events Archive

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Virtual Summer Reading Series

Please submit by this Friday to our third theme, "After My Protest"

Whispers in My Head: Monday, June 14, 2021, 12-1:30 pm EDT

Behind My Mask: Sunday, July 18, 2021, 5-6:30 pm EDT

After My Protest: Date and time TBD

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Testify: Memoir as a Tool for Building a Movement

Where Campus and Community Meet 

​Monday, April 19th, 4-5:30 PM EST, via ZOOM

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Civil Rights and the Moments That Made Us

Right Time, Right Movement/ Civil Rights Stories from One Generation to the Next

​Saturday, March 20th, 3:30- 5:30 PM EST, via ZOOM

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Suffolk County Women

Hear Our Voices/ Share Your Spirit and Strength

​Wednesday, March 24th, 6:30 PM EST

Thursday, March 25th, 6:30 PM EST

via ZOOM and Suffolk County Facebook Live

To watch a recording from either night of the event, click one of the dates below.

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Fund for the Future

Help us realize our dream of creating community writing circles throughout Long Island and beyond, while training a nationwide network of workshop facilitators trained to answer the call of the moment, one story at a time.