Actress, artist, activist & co-founder of Grocers On Wheels
Anita Woodley is an award-winning journalist/producer/actress/poet/mixed-media folk visual artist/baker/activist and playwright.
Anita is also an Improvisational Jazz band lead vocalist. On Saturday afternoon at the Plant she will be performing with the N4HC Free Jazz Band. N4HC creates fresh, bold and brave improvisational free jazz music about current events in the human experience. Based in Durham, North Carolina this independent group of musicians consists of: Chris Lipscomb (Woodwinds, Percussion), Vattel Cherry (Bass Strings), Jason Hines (Drums) and Anita Woodley (vocalist, storytelling, seer).
As if that’s not enough, she is co-founder and volunteer with Grocers On Wheels, a non-profit mobile grocer Mobile Farmers Market that is working to bring local fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats into Durham and Raleigh communities experiencing food insecurities. Starting in the heart of the Southeast Raleigh/Wake County communities, businesses,at affordable prices, they are doing their part to assist in alleviate the USDA food desert designated areas in Wake County and helping the County with it’s goal of becoming the healthiest capital county in the United States!
“We believe in empowering citizens in low-income and insecure fresh food areas by providing afforable, quality produce for purchase with various currencies, including mobile EBT/SNAP food stamps. We respect both the food growers and consumers in our community by providing fair prices for the purchase of first-run, high-quality groceries. We support North Carolina agricultural and provide access point where farmers can get their foods to the community.”
Anita is also a state-certified HIV counselor, Durham Arts Council’s Emerging Artist in Drama and Literary/ Improvisational Theatrical/ and Visual Teaching Artist for Durham’s Public School Pre-K to 12th Graders and Carrboro Arts Center
In her spare time she is also an Associate Member of the Sisters Network Triangle: African-American Women’s National Breast Cancer Survivorship Support Group, and the Women’s Health Education Ambassador for Raindownus.org.
Anita wrote and performed the critically-acclaimed solo theatrical performances –Bucking The Medical and Mental Bull, Mama Juggs, and The Men in Me, touring throughout the U.S. and Internationally to Cameroon, West Africa’s University of Yaounde. She moved to the Triangle from Oakland, California to Chapel Hill to work for the NPR, National Public Radio affiliate station, WUNC-FM’s award-winning show “The Story with Dick Gordon” for 7 years. Mrs. Anita Woodley’s accolades awarded in the fields of Radio & Television Journalism, spanning more than 20 years, were earned from the Harry Chapin Foundation for Hunger and Poverty in New York, the National Association of Black Journalists, and an Emmy award for Exceptional Coverage on September 11th, 2001 when the World Trade Center in New York was attacked.
We are THRILLED to have Anita performing at the Plant on Saturday afternoon!
Here’s a recent article about Anita’s work in the schools.