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Fanon: Decolonizing the Psyche

  • Red Bay Coffee 3098 East 10th Street Oakland, CA, 94601 United States (map)

Free with RSVP: Building on foundational works of Fanon, Cesaire, Memmi, Wynter, and others, this participatory and deeply imaginative workshop explores how the practices of racism manifest through institutions and organizations, impacting the psychic wholeness of program participants. 

"The Greek word for soul or 'psyche,' associated with the goddess Psyche, issues from the Egyptian 'Khe' for soul and 'Su' for she - Su-Khe." –Dr. Edward Bynum

In recent decades, much research has been conducted on stress, physiological symptoms and their relationship to institutional (organizational) and systemic racism; heart disease, maternal stress, depression, etc. Orchestrated through policy, imagery, narrative, history, culture, it is this sleight of hand and its impact on the soul that will be explored collectively.

This program is led by Amber McZeal, M.A. Her organization 'Decolonizing the Psyche' focuses on the role of sacred scholarship and liberation arts practices in social and cultural transformation. 

*In the spirit of decoloniality, this program is participatory, dialogical, nonhierarchical, and radically conversational
'Fanon: Decolonizing the Psyche' is presented by MATATU within a body of workshops that navigate self-determination, wellness, sovereignty, and roadmaps to the future. The workshops are free to the public and funded by Akonadi Foundation's Beloved Community Fund.

MATATU is a platform for conversation, experience, and expression that helps ordinary people share their journeys. Together, we hope to enhance empathy and understanding of the global human condition. 

We are fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts, and supported by KQED, East Bay Express, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Learn more about us at

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Ballet for Black & Brown Bodies