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"free/conjure/black": A national virtual salon about Black freedom
An afternoon of creative experiments and ideas featuring artists, scholars, & cultural organizers who are actively advancing black freedom.
About this Event
free/conjure/black is a communal mediation, a spirit-sourced intervention, a virtual ring shout calling forth a perpetual and inevitable throughline of prismatic black freedom. free/conjure/black centers the rich legacy of the Weeksville community and movements for black sovereignty in the United States.
Join the Weeksville Heritage Center's Coalition of Theaters of Color, Artist in Residence, creator, curator, moderator, and founder/CEO of Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative, Ebony Noelle Golden on Sunday, June 28th from 11:30AM-4:30PM, for an afternoon of creative experiments and ideas featuring artists, scholars, and cultural organizers who are actively advancing the movement for black freedom now.
Schedule of Events
11:30am Weeksville Video & Welcome by Rob Fields, President & Executive Director of Weeksville Heritage Center
11:40am free/conjure/black Video & Intro of Artist in Residence by Zenzelé Cooper, Program Manager of Weeksville Heritage Center
11:50am Artist Talk--Ebony Noelle Golden, Founder & CEO of Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative
12:15pm Conversation --Ebony and Arielle
12:45pm black/conjure/free by Viktor le. Givens
1:00pm Conversation --Ebony and Angela
1:30pm conjure/black/free by Viktor le. Givens
1:45pm Conversation-- Ebony and Aya
2:15pm Conversation-- Zenzelé and Viktor le. Givens
2:30pm Work in Process Sharing - Jubilee 11213 by: Ebony Noelle Golden; Featuring: Graceson Rafael, Paris Cymone, Monét Noelle Marshall, Freddie Fulton
2:50pm Response to Sharing: Ebony Noelle Golden
3:00pm Round Table: free/conjure/black ; Featuring: Dr. J.T. Roane, Dr. Andrea Roberts, and Michelle Lanier ; Moderator: Ebony Noelle Golden
The Texas Freedom Colonies Project's newest feature series #MappingMonday will be highlighting our own Atlas map along with various maps that are highlighting the stories, needs and issues plaguing black settlements. Our first feature is the brainchild of our very own team member Jennifer Blanks. Jennifer is leading research on natural disasters' impact on cemetery preservation in historic Black settlements. The lack of mitigation and recovery plans threaten freedom colony landscapes. The Cemetery Sista is a space for highlighting the importance of Black cemeteries. Her main objectives are to: 1. Raise awareness to preserve Black cemeteries 2. Map Black cemeteries using modern technology 3. Share the latest news on Black cemeteries The goal of The Cemetery Sista is to fill in the gaps of Black history through story-telling with feature stories of everyday Black people who have transitioned to the afterlife. Check out her blog and visit https://www.thecemeterysista.com! #bla
" Spaces and Places, born of the necessity to be acknowledged within the built environment, has embarked on its most unique and ambitious convening since its conception. Now in its fourth year, the annual grassroots (un)conference will be hosted virtually in partnership with BlackSpace and Next City. This year’s theme, titled Reclaiming, aims to position BIPOC urbanists, designers, and activists as defiant catalysts for liberation and equity." Read more about the event here