Black Feminist Praxis Reading Group
In partnership with The Free Black Women's Library
Sponsored by Humanities New York
Facilitated by OlaRonke Akinmowo
October 21-December 16, 2019
Dates: Oct 21, Nov 4, 18, Dec 2, 9, 16
Capacity: 15 participants
Registration cost: $15
Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Preference will be given to participants who can attend all sessions.
Black Feminist Praxis is a reading and discussion group that examines the rituals, actions, and sacred practices rooted in Black feminist thought. We will look at the history and ongoing themes of this socio-political movement, and examine it as a belief system that is rooted in clarity, compassion, and truth. In our sessions, we will write and reflect on the teachings and lives of radical Black feminist authors, organizers, and activists. Readings will include (but are not limited to) Thick by Tressie McMillan Cottom, Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde, How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, All About Love by bell hooks, and Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.
Books are available for loan upon request (a $15/book deposit is required).
- Instructor -
OlaRonke Akinmowo is an interdisciplinary artist, Black Feminist/Womanist scholar, set decorator, workshop facilitator, yoga teacher and mom. She is also the Creator & Director of The Free Black Woman's Libray, an interactive biblio installation and public art project that features 1200 books written by Black women, as well as readings, film screenings, performances, workshops, literary games and creative conversations. Follow @thefreeblackwomenslibrary for info on their monthly pop up sessions.
Black Feminist Praxis is presented in collaboration with The Free Black Women's Library, an interactive Black Feminist mobile trading library and interactive biblio installation that features a collection of 1000 books written by Black women. The library is committed to centering and celebrating the voices of Black Women in literature. This mobile library pops up monthly in unique and radical spaces throughout Brooklyn, NYC and has also been to Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia and Baltimore.
Black Feminist Praxis is sponsored by Humanities New York, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, receiving federal, state, city, and private funding. It provides leadership and support across the state’s intellectual and cultural sectors through grants, programs, networking, and advocacy, in order to encourage critical thinking and cultural understanding in the public arena. www.humanitiesny.org