One of my fondest childhood memories is sitting in my grandmother's living room, watching The Color Purple. Details like the year and my exact age are hazy, but what's crystal clear is that, despite having watched the film a hundred times before, witnessing Celie's journey with my Granny, mama, and Aunt Mae felt like the first time. As three generations of Armstead women laughed, cried, and loudly sang, “Maybe God Is Tryin' To Tell You Somethin',” we shared an unbreakable bond: a spiritual connection that no one else could replicate or take away.
Black Art: In The Absence of Light (director: Sam Pollard; executive producer: Henry Louis Gates) is a look at Black American Art and representation using David Driskell’s landmark Two Centuries of Black American Art exhibition as a framing device.
For over forty years, the Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series, hosted by the Clement A. Price Institute at Rutgers University-Newark, has served as a public ritual bringing together leading figures in African American history to participate in a rigorous exploration of the past as a means of bringing about brighter futures. The Series’ forty-first installment, One Begins Again: Organizing & the Historical Imagination, will feature scholars & organizers Alicia Garza, Bill Fletcher Jr., Cara Page and Barbara Ransby, each in important ways and with a deep sense of history, speaking about organizing as a means to healing generations of society-wide injustice. Honoring both the Elders and youth activists, this year’s installment will focus on cross-generational movement building and the challenges of building a more just, joyous, and sustainable future.
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