The First Friday event of March attracted art lovers to Downtown Greensboro in large groups, perhaps on the hope that the weather might finally be breaking, and we are going to start getting warmer days.

The International Civil Rights Museum hosted a tribute to women, enlisting the talent of museum employees and local artists. The attending audience was treated to a free performance, including a skit of A Raisin in the Sun by actors from the Greensboro Community Theatre.

The night was all about the recognition of females throughout history. Local singer/songwriter Fur showed that she is definitely one to watch, performing her original song “With You,” which is available for sale on iTunes. Fur has booked gigs all around Greensboro, and her soulful sound was no surprise to a few fans in the audience that sung along.

PoetSHE, an all female poetry group based out of Greensboro, performed original poetry and spoken word. In my opinion, and based on the emotion and delivery, long time PoetSHE member Kayla just might be the new MC Lyte. She rocked the crowd while reciting a piece on modern misogyny that left the listeners speechless.

Men got in on the action, as well. One employee of the Civil Rights Museum recited Maya Angelou’s famous “A Long Way Home.” Other volunteers and employees performed re-enactments of famous women such as Marian Anderson, Zora Neale Hurston and recent Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

The event concluded with cookies and lemonade after the final words from the night’s hostess ended on positive energy that can only be described as joy and hope. !