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At The Waves’ Edges, a Cross-Generational Dialogue on Black Feminism: Part 1
June 12 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
“The fecundity and power of oceanic and fresh water meeting in the brackish wetlands of sweet grasses, that is us as Black women coming together.” -Demita Frazier (2021)
At the confluence of the Combahee, history was made. Yet long since forming the name-sake radical socialist Black Feminist Combahee River Collective in Boston in 1974 and co-publishing the landmark statement in 1977, Collective Co-Founder Demita Frazier remains eyes forward. And basic justice remains elusive. And capitalism’s chokehold tightens. And academic echo chambers are not talking to crowds in the public square. So Frazier continues to seek flowing dialogue and fresh debate across generations around the promise and pitfalls facing Black Feminism today. Rather than crystallize the Collective’s past, Frazier harnesses her hindsight to critically explore present challenges and those ahead.
This program extends over two Saturdays to allow for deeply probative collective conversation with curators Arielle Gray, Cierra Peters and Jen Mergel and attendees, specifically around issues rising from the start of this project for the BCA in 2019, before and since the pandemics. Frazier will guide the discussion to consider Black Feminism through a range of lenses: Black Feminism as collective, and what it really means to build coalition; Black Feminism as care, and how this vulnerability requires strength; Black Feminism when commodified and how this limits radical change; and Black Feminism as classed, so how to connect across widening chasms. By “troubling the waters,” the goal of the programs is to stir up sedimentary thinking and invite fresh insights to mark this new historical chapter.