As a survivor of domestic and sexual abuse, Renee co-founded a DV resource center in Portland, Ore., and created a few empowerment projects for African American survivors. These videos are just a couple examples of her efforts to advocate for women and help them release the shame in their survival story. She has shared her inspiring story with women around the United States and internationally, including Kenya, Rwanda and Saipan.
OPB's Art Beat interview
Many people in Portland, Ore., knew Renee from her Oregonian newspaper column, but this interview focused on her role as a poet, performer and women's advocate.
Renee is a passionate and articulate champion of women. Through her many roles - as poet, performer, journalist and speaker - she gives voice to important ideas and issues in ways that are both provacative and inspiring.
Gina Gibney, Aritistic Director, Gina Gibney Dance, NYC ~
Words of empowerment
This is a heartfelt poetic response after receiving the Ida B. Wells Award in New York City from Women's eNews global online magazine. At that same event, Renee was also selected as one of 2006's 21 Leaders of the 21st Century.