LIVESTREAM OF THE EVENT:
June 25th, 2023
10am - 5pm PDT
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Livestream hosted by Science and Nonduality.
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Trauma, Ritual &
the Promise of the Monstrous
This is a time to gather in community and reach beyond what we know. You are warmly invited to join us on a voyage of deep inquiry.
How do we meet the crises of our times? As we reckon with the legacies of historical harms, the normative murder of Black and Brown bodies, climate crises, and surging global inequities, how might we respond in ways we have not yet imagined?
The politics of today doesn’t reach into what is possible. We need something different – fugitive pathways that escape the plantation. To dream our futures into being, we need liberation-spaces of healing, exploration and discovery.
From this place, the Three Black Men: A Journey into the Magical Otherwise was born. This project brings together three visionary leaders – Resmaa Menakem, Bayo Akomolafe and Orland Bishop – for the first time.
In 2023, Resmaa, Bayo and Orland will share space as they visit three cities across three continents, tracing a diasporic route in reverse. “We are at a turning point”, Orland tells us, “towards another reality.”
In their beloved writings and teachings, these explorers investigate community, racial and social justice, individual and collective trauma, ritual and healing, new cultural forms (the promise of the monstrous) and deep interior capacities.
Our theme connects vibrant conversations on matters of embodiment, explorations of the sacred and the ancestral, and visions of other places of power and alternative futures.
Resmaa says “I consider it my job in this moment to make the invisible visible.” The healing that we need invites us into a new shared seeing, anchored in a place beyond conventional culture. The struggle for radical transformation is a soul-struggle, and Bayo invites us to “risk new shapes”.
This traveling village, a space for the not-yet-imagined, will take form as a series of vibrantly festive Black-centering gatherings. Whether in person or by live-stream, we will connect like mycelial threads as our collective life-force convenes.
These three visionary Black men, sharing their leading edges, are inviting us into a radical re/imagination of how we respond to our time. We will sense into emergent possibilities, triangulating toward a synthesis of new forms, new magic, and new directions.
In Orland’s view, this is a portal, a kind of initiation, and a potent invitation extended to us all.
Will you join us?
Bayo Akomolafe is the Chief Curator of The Emergence Network, a speaker, author, fugitive neo-materialist com-post-activist public intellectual and Yoruba poet. But when he takes himself less seriously, he is a father to Alethea and Kyah, and the grateful life-partner to Ej as well as the sworn washer of nightly archives of dishes. The convener of the concepts of ‘postactivism’, ‘transraciality’ and ‘ontofugitivity’, Bayo is a widely celebrated international speaker, teacher, public intellectual, essayist and author of two books, These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity’s Search for Home and We Will Tell our Own Story: The Lions of Africa Speak. He is also the Executive Director and Chief Curator for The Emergence Network and host of the online postactivist course, ‘We Will dance with Mountains.’
Orland Bishop is the founder and director of ShadeTree Multicultural Foundation in Los Angeles, where he has pioneered approaches to urban truces and mentoring at-risk youth that combine new ideas with traditional ways of knowledge. ShadeTree serves as an intentional community of mentors, elders, teachers, artists, healers, and advocates for the healthy development of children and youth. Orland’s work in healing and human development is framed by an extensive study of medicine, naturopathy, psychology, and Indigenous cosmologies, primarily those of South and West Africa.
Resmaa Menakem is an American author and psychotherapist specialising in the effects of trauma on the human body and the relationship between trauma, white body supremacy, and racism in America. He is the founder of Justice Leadership Solutions, a leadership consultancy firm, where he dedicates his expertise to coaching leaders through civil unrest, organizational change and community building. Menakem created Cultural Somatics which utilizes the body and resilence as mechanisms for growth. He is the best selling author of “My Grandmother’s Hands: Racializes Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies” and was described by On Being’s Krista Tippet “activates the wisdom of ancestors and a very new science, about how all of us carry the history and traumas behind everything we collapse into the word ”race” in our bodies.”
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Event is hosted in partnership by:
The Center for Healing and Liberation, The Rooted Global Village, Aquarian Gospel Temple, ShadeTree Multicultural Foundation, The Emergence Network, Justice Leadership Solutions, The BIPOC ED Coalition of Washington State, Commonweal, and Science and Nonduality.