Thank you to everyone who joined us for Dancing While Black: This Body Knows Freedom
Last month, we gathered at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics to kick off our Fifth Anniversary Season with Story Circles on Organizing Toward Vision in an Age of Resistance.
We were led by DWB founder Paloma McGregor and the incredible Wendi Moore-O’Neal, daughter of John O’Neal, the originator of the Story Circle process we have used at several gatherings.
A huge thank you to Wendi, a native New Orleanian and founder of Jaliyah Consulting, who facilitated our storytelling and led us in multiple rounds of freedom songs, creating a palpable energetic community.
Shout out to our invited guests – Maria Bauman, Ebony Golden, Dr. Barbara Dixon Gottschild, Ishmael Houston Jones, and Kendra Ross – who shared powerful, wide-ranging stories of what freedom means to them and their work. And much gratitude to all who came out to talk, dance, shout, draw, write their own freedom visions in small groups.
May these visions manifest!
Some Residue from the Evening:
Listening is the most important part of storytelling. – Wendi Moore-O’Neal
Sometimes your only mode of transportation is a leap of faith. -Kendra J. Ross
Whatever is happening to you right now is feeding the storytelling. You have what you need. -Paloma McGregor
Couldn’t be there? Get a glimpse of the evening through more quotes and photos on Storify.