Black Sacred Activism: Cool Water
“My passion for theatre began out of a necessity with a desire to provide a platform for the voices of the historically marginalized to make for a more inclusive theatrical landscape. This talk is a personal account of how my exploration of black ritual drama led me on a journey of finding God within.” Artisia Green
In this dynamic, participatory dialogue, we will explore the way in which theatre and ritual offer avenues for spiritual and aesthetic growth and community renewal. We will embody this exploration through the creation of a walking meditation/ritual that will close our evening by honoring our various backgrounds and spiritual practices.
**Everyone is welcome; you don't have to be Black to understand and appreciate Black Sacred Activism**
The Braxton Institute Dialogues on Resisting and Thriving engage justice-activists with the nitty-gritty issues that can undermine our success, such as conflicts within our movements, burnout, internalized oppression and benevolent paternalism. The Dialogues prioritize the wisdom and leadership of women of color, and resource our effectiveness through break-through conversations, and by exploring and re-imaging the spiritual resources that have fueled and sustained powerful social change movements—including folk healing, meditation, rituals for empowerment, celebration, and more.
Artisia Green is the Sharpe Associate Professor of Civic Renewal and Entrepreneurship of Theatre and Africana Studies and Director of the Africana Studies Program at William
& Mary. As a director, dramaturg, and an initiated indigenous priest within the West African system known as Ifa , she sees theatre as a powerful tool for enabling participants and witnesses with tools to respond to the forces that constantly challenge their humanity. Artisia is published in August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle: Critical Perspectives on the Plays edited by Sandra Shannon and Continuum: the Journal of African/Diaspora Drama, Theatre and Performance.
Joanne Braxton is a poet, author, teacher and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. President of the Braxton Institute, she is author of Black Female Sexualities (2015) and Monuments of the Black Atlantic: Slavery and Memory (2003) among other books. Also known as Sage, the name given her by Keewaydinoquay Peschel, Joanne teaches contemplative practice and provides pastoral care and spiritual direction at All Souls Church, Unitarian, Washington, D.C.