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Black History Month—an On the (virtual) Bricks feature issue

The Origins of Black History Month

We're halfway into Black History Month, but any day is a great day to begin or continue your antiracist journey to support justice and joy! Here is a great reflection by Joy Reid about the origins of Black History Month, "Progress Isn't Always Linear." And please explore the links to events and resources below.

 

Black History, Present, and Future: Events and Resources

Watch this amazing documentary for free. Every year, hundreds of children take the stage at the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest, a public speaking competition of poetry and speeches inspired by the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Vote here for this film in the Outstanding Children's Program category of the NAACP Image Awards, and RSVP for the Image Awards on March 27.

 

After 2020, who are we? Document this moment with us. Award-winning actress, director, and playwright Regina Taylor invites you to make your voice heard. Record a video!

 

Rogue Reads Author Talk with Jacqueline WoodsonFebruary 21, 4PM PT. Woodson is the author of dozens of award-winning books for young adults, middle graders, and children including Red at the BoneIf You Come SoftlyBrown Girl Dreaming, and The Day You Begin.

 

The Harry Belafonte Black Liberation Speaker Series: Charles Blow with Hilton Als on February 23 at 5PM PT. The acclaimed columnist and political commentator delivers his manifesto, a call to action for Black Americans to amass political power and fight white supremacy. Registration required.

 

Black History isn’t just told in the history books. It’s told through music, dance, science, literature, fashion, and all forms of creative expression. It’s iconic. It’s powerful. It’s transcendent. Black Renaissance premieres on February 26 on YouTube Originals.

 

We see the homeless. Or do we? This workshop performance of Gamal Abdel Chasten’s one-man show, directed by Marieke Gaboury, uses poetry, spoken word, and haunting percussion to shed light on one man’s journey from ‘home’ to ‘homelessness'. February 26-27 at 7PM PT & February 28 at 5PM PT.

 

Call & Response: Intimate Talks with Jazz Icons. February 28: The role of the artist as a catalyist for change, with featured guest Christian McBride, moderated by Andre Kimo Stone Guess.

 

The Museum of African Diaspora invites all to a discussion of “Fairytales for Lost Children,” by Diriye Osman. To participate, get a copy of the book, read it in advance of the meeting, and be ready to discuss with the group online via Zoom on February 28 at 5 p.m. PT.

 

Explore essential titles selected by the Schomburg Center as it marks 95 years of collecting and preserving Black history, arts, and culture.

 

This list of antiracist resources can be a great starting place for your journey of unlearning and unpacking internalized racism, as well as joining in the movement to dismantle white supremacy.

 

Connect on O! Digital

Talking Back is a six-part web series of candid conversations about the growing movement for justice in the theatre field. Through engagement with artistic leaders and activists who have operated at all levels of leadership in arts organizations across the US, we learn what it takes to transform not just an institution, but an industry.

WOMB January Featured Artist: Be Steadwell. WOMB on O! is a joyful creation space featuring the work of queer BIPOC independent artists, where folx come together to share, support, and create. 

 

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Help us build a future of inclusion, inspiration, and joy. We dare to dream together!

We believe the inclusion of diverse people, ideas, cultures and traditions enriches both our insights into the work we present on stage and our relationships with each other. We are committed to diversity in all areas of our work and in our audiences. 

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How to Catch Creation (2019): Greta Oglesby, Safiya Fredericks. Photo by Jenny Graham.

 

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