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JORJET HARPER

Jorjet Harper’s grandmother, Minnie Buckingham Harper, was the first woman of African descent to serve in any legislative body in the U.S. (West Virginia House of Representatives, 1928). Granddaughter Jorjet was a founding editor at OUTlines newspaper and a writer for OUTWEEK magazine, and continues to write for the media today, including Chicago’s Windy City Times. From 1984-1994 she was a staff writer with HOT WIRE: The Journal of Women’s Music and Culture, and two volumes of her humor columns have been published: Lesbomania (1994) and Tales From the Dyke Side (1996). Harper also performed for many years as a singer/songwriter, and her song “Paris Was Yesterday” appears on the anthology album High Risk (2000). She has edited a number of books, including Obama and the Gays (2010) and Vernita Gray: From Woodstock to the White House (2014). Harper creates and presents extensively researched slideshows about influential women, including international superstar/WWII resistance fighter/civil rights activist Josephine Baker; Egyptian Pharaoh Hatshepsut; and Women of the Harlem Renaissance. Her own artistic pursuits include photography, watercolor, oil painting, silversmithing, and custom doll making. Her works have been shown in galleries and currently reside in several private collections.

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