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Fannie Lou Hamer is an icon to many and is best known for her activism during the Civil Rights movement, community organizing and rallying around women’s rights issues. What is traditionally left out of Hamer’s narrative is her disability identity and the intersections of her experiences as a Black disabled woman. The final conversation in a 3-part series on the life and work of Fannie Lou Hamer inspired by Dr. Keisha Blain’s new book, Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America, moderated by Yomi Wrong in conversation with Reyma McCoy McDeid, Azza Altiraifi, and Claudia Alick.
Claudia Alick reached out to natasha marin who had collaborated on a few clubhouse experiments together and pitched a conversation exploring liberation and resilience. Natasha had just finished a book project on Black Imagination and was about to start another. Claudia imagined a space for them fueled by pleasure activism and access intimacy that used digital tools to gather responses and make aggregate dreamscapes. They both invited Black activists, artists, organizers and community members. The final group gathered was all Black women. The beginning moments opened with a conflict. There wasn’t an understanding that the space needed to be Black exclusive. The white CSI members left quickly but it was a reminder of the constant labor to create safe space where Black folks can feel free. The conversation was rich and varied. Below is one artifact from our time dreaming together.
Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright and performer Nikkole Salter (“In The Continuum,” “New Amsterdam”) will offer one of the event’s keynote speeches. It is important for everyone to hold themselves accountable in change-making, she said.
Nikkole Salter is a keynote speaker for “Creating Change.”
“I think everyone thinks of making a difference as though it’s some epic thing and that if you’re not Martin Luther King, then you’re not making a difference,” she said. “I think the difference that you can make can start in your sphere of influence, whether that’s your individual home and close relationships or your workplace or wherever that is.”
Pleasure Activism. A free online event with adrienne maree brown + Claudia Alick. Hosted by Disability Visibility Project + Integrated Community Services. Join us as we explore the intersection of disability justice, pleasure and liberation. Come for the real talk on activism, pleasure and disability. Stay for the dance party!