On Wednesday May 8th, Dr. Tara Green presented her compelling book Reimagining the Middle Passage: Black Resistance in Literature, Television, and Song!
A native of New Orleans, LA, Dr. Green shared her history as a 1st generation PhD and author of four books. As we continue our discussion about what resistance means--Dr. Green reminded us that conducting research (scholarly and creative) and forming a research question is a form of constructive resistance. Also that the act of Storytelling--something inherent to African cultures, is a form of resistance. It allow the opportunity to create a counter-narrative; to carve out identity; and sustain legacy.
Dr. Green asked the participants "What does resistance to slavery mean? We discussed how Black people in America have "created out of oppression" and demonstrated resistance through the creation of new forms of music, fashion, cuisine, etc., We also noted that running away during the terrible era of slavery was a form of resistance. As was actual revolt.
Storytelling--including the idea of the Flying African––is another form of resistance.
Flying indicates freedom--and the story of the Ibo Landing--when enslaved African arrived in America--saw the horror of slavery--and walked/flew back to Africa--is an important story to tell!
Dr. Green advised us to check out the two books:
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales by Virginia Hamilton
Priasesong for the Widow by Black female author Paule Marshall. Where the story of the Ibo Landing is woven into the narrative
And here's info about Marshall: https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/marshall-paule-1929/
Join us tonight at 6pm for a presentation from Dr Karen Meadows and her book Pedagogy for Survival
UNCG School of Dance
1408 Walker Ave
Coleman 201-A (new studio w/wooden floor)
Dr Karen Meadows will speak about her book "Pedagogy of Survival: The Narratives of Millicent E. Brown and Josephine Boyd Bradley"
Followed by performance workshop
Description Dr. Meadows’ presentation:
Unsung heroes, social justice, history, trauma, public educational discourse, courage, the power of youth and the power of one are all captured in the book, Pedagogy of Survival: The Narratives of Millicent E. Brown and Josephine Boyd Bradley. Pedagogy of Survival focuses on the first-hand narratives of two desegregation pioneers (Millicent E. Brown and Josephine Boyd Bradley)--their stories, sufferings, and pedagogy of survival. This book gives voice to unsung heroes and the often overlooked view of the adolescent perspective. Josephine Boyd desegregated Greensboro Senior High (now Grimsley High School) in 1957 and Millicent E. Brown desegregated Rivers High School (Charleston, SC) in 1963. In this session, the author addresses “the historical” as expressed in the belief that our youth have inherited a discourse of collective resistance without the historical context. My trainings with educators, educational leaders, school counselors, parents, students and community members focus on historical narratives to address the gap between our youth’s understanding of historical collective resistance and the current resistance that is sometimes demonstrated by our most disenfranchised and marginalized youth as it relates to educational outcomes.