“I wish to live because life has within it that which is good, that which is beautiful, and that which is love. Therefore, since I have known all of these things, I have found them to be reason enough and–I wish to live. Moreover, because this is so, I wish others to live for generations and generations and generations and generations.”
Lorraine Hansberry, To Be Young, Gifted and Black
We will be reading and discussing the works of African American writers in our online book club. Share your favorite books as we explore and spread the knowledge of African art, culture, and history through literature.
reading beginning January 2015
Womanhood & Feminism
“As a Black woman —it is expected of me to be sexually exploitative and deviant,
to be loud and reckless. ”
As I examine the intersection between race and gender, I find that the struggles of African American women are becoming more paramount. With the war currently in place against all people of color–Black women are targets and the ones most at risk. We must go to war to protect our wombs.
To build community amongst black women, I AM MELANIN will be presenting the Sister Circle. Here, we will be discussing everything that effects the lives of black women and how to heal from all of that to operate within our true selves. Sex and health, natural hair, yoni and womb work, relationships, love and creation.
Black Life & Culture
Honoring and Celebrating Kwanzaa, Everyday.
There are many problems that we can solve in our communities if we collectively organize and set clear goals. The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa are helpful and practical steps that we can take to harmonize and restore ourselves, our families, and our communities.
What are you focusing on changing in the Black community?
What is your purpose?
Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)
Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
Kwanzaa focuses on honoring the best of our traditions, draws upon the best in ourselves, and helps us strive for a higher level of human life by affirming our self-worth and our confidence in our ability to succeed and triumph over struggle.
Art & Activism
Dr. Frances Cress Welsing