Radical Dreaming, King, and Intersectional Activism

January 19, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – January 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Clark University
950 Main St
MA 01610
Floetic Fridays

Radical Dreaming, King, and Intersectional Activism: A series of events honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 19th, Friday Afternoon: (12-2pm) Tilton Hall
“Radical Dreaming: re-evaluating MLK’s Radical Vision for Change”
A talk lead by Dr. Ousmane Power-Greene followed by a conversation cafe

January 19th, Friday Night: (7:00pm) Dana Commons
“Floetic Fridays”
Creative self-expression and community open mic

January 20th, Saturday: (9am) Dana Commons
“Daring to Dream Today: Education and Hope in Difficult Times”
A conference on our role in radical education

Clark University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Peace Studies department, Hiatt Center for Urban Education, Center for Gender Race and Area studies, Multicultural and First Generation Student Support, Community Youth and Education Studies, International Development Community and Environment, and “Floetic Fridays” are collaborating to bring a connected series of events to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We see the need for spaces where we can critically understand our current reality, unpack the history that brought us to this moment, and radically imagine where we can go from here. Where do we stand 50 years after the assassination of MLK, one of our country’s biggest dreamers? Are we in a position to imagine our future, or are we concerned with the fight to survive? How can we dream into existence a just world?

This event series kicks off with a talk on Friday afternoon, January 19th, lead by Dr. Ousmane Power-Greene, titled “Radical Dreaming: re-evaluating MLK’s Radical Vision for Change. Dr. Power-Greene will examine Dr. King’s work in its historical context and asks the questions how radical was MLK? How has the narrative of his legacy been white washed? And how do we remember and honor him today? Following the talk there will be facilitated conversations at roundtables on the intersections of Dr. King’s work, racial justice, and contemporary activism. Examples of topics include: spirituality and theology, anti-war and anti-imperialism, community education, jobs/labor organizing, student activism, White supremacy and liberalism, and gender and sexuality politics.

Friday night, January 19th, “Floetic Fridays” will host their monthly space for uncensored and unapologetic creative self-expression. This is a time for our community to come together, open up, be vulnerable, listen, feel, and connect with each other over poetry, music, dance, visual art, and other forms of culture and expression.

Saturday’s all day conference, “Daring to Dream Today: Education and Hope in Difficult Times” is January 20th. The conference aims to look at the role of critical pedagogy and radical education in the movement for justice. Along with the assassination of MLK, this year marks 50 years since Paulo Freire first published Pedagogy of the Oppressed, a foundational text in the movement for popular education. Looking at where we are now, a time when our social movements are struggling to fight for survival, we want to know how the radical education movement has failed us, or how we have failed it. Can we reignite the flames of radical education that Paulo Freire and Septima Clark sparked? How can we begin to re-imagine and transform our world together. The day will begin with breakfast and an opening plenary dialogue on the question of where we are now and how did we get here? There will then be three workshops covering topics on the role of art in the movement, the role of healing in the movement, and a critical look into Clark and the Worcester communities relationship. These will be followed by lunch, then creative participatory workshops. The day will end with a closing plenary on the question of where do we go now and how do we get there? Special guest activists and educators, Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, Professor Colette Cann, and Italo Fini will be convening for our plenary dialogues, and Lulama Moyo, Cheyenne Jones, and Florcy Coyolxauhqui will be leading breakout workshops.

Join us for two days of dreaming together. Let’s engage with our history, our current situation, and our dreams for the future. What do we need to learn about our past, to understand where we are today, and to imagine where we could go tomorrow? To honor the powerful legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., come and create a radical and loving community, critically interrogate our current reality, and creatively dream into existence a just and equitable world.

Interested in contributing? Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/dhvwYuP1hVDro1jq1