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Symposium on the Black Experience

February 15 @ 9:00 am - 8:30 pm


Join us as we uplift culture, love, courage, resilience, and the stories and experiences of Black life. The day has been designed by and with the community. Moderated by Yodit Mesfin Johnson & Nabila Wasi.  All are welcome!

FREE! Lunch and Dinner provided; please feel inclined to bring something to share.

9am-10am – Blackness Embodied: The Warm Up Drop in for West African dance and movement. (All are welcome). Facilitators: Tamara Tucker-Ibarisha

9am-11am Kekere Children’s Village: Arts, crafts, and Black Men Read at 10am Facilitators: Nuola Akinde

10am-11:30am Black Resistance: Stories of Survival and Courage Panelists share stories of survival and courage featuring (contemporary) and local Black power movements.

11:30am-1pm – Black HERStory: Celebrating Black Womenx Now & Then Panel discussion featuring stories of Black women ancestors and modern day heroines, known and unknown, that panelists admire and love. In this session, audience members are also encouraged to join as we pay homage to the innumerable women of color who paved the way for us, and who inspire us daily.

1pm-2:00pm Dine, Dialogue & Create: Conversations And Creativity Over Lunch. Guests are encouraged to eat together, and then spend time diving into facilitated topics of racial justice & healing with one another.  Cooked and fresh food provided by the community.

2:00pm-3:30pm Black Love: A Story-Based Retrospective and Celebration of Black Couples

3:30pm-5:00pm The Remix: A dialogue among mixed race folx of the African Diaspora.

Dine & The Black Experience Is: A creative, interactive and collaborative defining of the Black Experience. Cooked and fresh food provided by the community.

6:15pm-7:45pm – Our Own Stories: On Being Black in Washtenaw County. Hear 10 area storytellers tell TED-like stories about their experiences here in Washtenaw County. Storytellers will share short stories that may include triumphs, struggles, memories or visions for Washtenaw County from their personal experience. Each storyteller has 8 mins at the mic.

7:45pm Closing: Victor Okafor Department Head Africology and African American Studies at Eastern Michigan University.

8:00pm DJ Chuck Peterson

Symposium participants: Nuola Akinde, Angela Amison, Taurus Burns, Chrys Campbell, Dru Campbell, King Katz, Bryan Foley, Jeff Guyton, Stephanie Holloway, Sport Jackson, Karamba Kaba, Athena & Kip Johnson, Jason Johnson, Will Jones, Azya Moore, Quiana Perkins, Toni Pressley-Sanon, Caliyeah Scott, Alex Thomas, Gina Thompson, Tamara Tucker-Ibarisha, Nabila Wasi, Ricky Weaver, Leseliey Welch, and Victor Okafor.




February 15
9:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Riverside Arts Center


Recommended for Ages
All Ages


Riverside Arts Center
76 North Huron
Ypsilanti, MI 48197 United States
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