Power: Black Joy & Resistance

POWER: Black Joy & Resistance pairs fireside chats with Alicia Garza, Daphne Larose, Ericka Huggins, and Fredrika Newton with images from the newly published picture book Black Joy & Resistance presented by Adreinne Waheed. The program is participatory with audience members playing an active role in its progression.

About the Book: What can be deemed as a visual representation of Maya Angelou’s, “And Still We Rise,” through her camera lens, Waheed’s Black Joy & Resistance masterfully captures, “The Souls of Black Folks,” and the majesty that flows outward when we tap into our true authentic selves.

Places in the Book: Carnival in Salvador, Bahia • Afro Punk Festival, Brooklyn, NY • Afro Punk Festival, South Africa • Fees Must Fall Student Protest, Johannesburg, South Africa • Dance Africa at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) • Million Man March (2015), Washington, DC • Labor Day Parade and at Soul Summit, Brooklyn, NY

An internationally recognized organizer, writer, and speaker, Alicia Garza founded the Black Futures Lab to build political power in Black communities. As the Strategy & Partnerships Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Alicia works to build a movement at the intersections of race, gender, and the economy. With Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors, Alicia created the Black Lives Matter Global Network, an organizing project to end state violence against Black people. Alicia’s writing has been featured in Time, Mic, Marie Claire, The Guardian, Elle.com, Essence, and The New York Times. She has received numerous awards and honors, including the 2017 Sydney Peace Prize.

Daphne Larose is a Senior Software Engineer at Niantic, Inc. working on Pokemon GO and was named one of the Top 50 Women in Tech by Forbes in 2018. Throughout her career, she has advocated for the needs of underrepresented minorities in tech and makes it her mission to champion the concerns of Black people. Daphne founded BlackFemaleCoders in 2012, a blog highlighting black female developers and Black Feminist Book Club in 2015. She loves connecting with anyone who is inspired to drive change.

Ericka Huggins, a Black Panther Party member, political prisoner, poet, and human rights advocate, brings a legacy of spiritual practice and social justice activism to her work. Ericka has lectured and facilitated groups throughout the United States for nearly 40 years, opening minds and hearts to an expanded view of humanity by turning participants to their relationships with their communities and worlds. Ericka has supported thousands of people in reflecting on and having dialogues about the importance of human rights, whole child education, family reunification, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and restorative practices as a tool for social change. As a speaker and facilitator, Ericka intentionally invites the voices of people who are underrepresented into the conversation. She holds a compassionate space for awareness and accountability.

Fredrika Newton was introduced to Huey P. Newton in 1970 by her mother, Arlene Slaughter, a housing activist and real estate agent for the Black Panther Party. Soon after their meeting, Fredrika elected to join the Black Panther Party where she served as a teacher in the Samuel Napier Youth Institute, helped establish the George Jackson Free Medical Clinic, and briefly worked on the Black Panther Party Newspaper. She and Huey were married several years later and lived together until he was killed in 1989. Fredrika currently serves as the President of the Huey P. Newton Foundation, which she co-founded with David Hilliard. The organization works to preserve and promulgate the history, ideals, and legacy of the Black Panther Party and Huey P. Newton through development and distribution of educational materials, the establishment of educational conferences and forums, and the maintenance and exhibition of historical archives. Fredrika is the founder of the Black Panther Party Legacy Tour and is currently working to digitally preserve the Black Panther Party Newspaper.

Grand Lake Theatre
February 20 • 7:00PM