This journey is for 12 self-identified queer (LGBTQ) black people who value luscious presence, play and liberating truth.
In 1977 the Combahee River Collective said something profoundly radical. They said “Black women are inherently valuable.” Yes. All black people are inherently valuable, which is a complicated statement inside capitalism and inside the United States where the exploited labor of Black people has been and continues to be used to build up structures that devalue Black life. Rest and Realness is an opportunity to pause and shake out our internalized capitalism, that voice that says we are only as cool as what we do, that we are only as brilliant as a out hustle and to say actually…we are profoundly valuable, inspiring, priceless, worthy, resplendent…even just sitting on the couch chillin, taking a walk or basking in the glow of other black folks at rest.
Queer Black August
In the spirit of historical practices such as Black August, which commemorates African liberation and revolution in the Americas and resounds as a call for freedom for all political prisoners and all of us who would liberate ourselves from intersecting and internalized oppressions and the Combahee River Collective Black Feminist Retreats which built alignment and institutions by and for black women based on an a holistic vision for freedom from interlocking systems of domination; Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Julia Roxanne Wallace are creating Queer Black August. This is a continuation of the two years and counting that Alexis has hosted free week-long gatherings where people from all over the country participated in intergenerational gatherings for healing and transformation in Durham, NC using the resources of Black Feminism.
June 2, 2013 will be the 150th anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s successful uprising where 750 enslaved Africans freed themselves and each other at the Combahee River. This uprising was also the inspiration for the Combahee River Collective a Black lesbian feminist socialist collective founded in Boston in 1977 who created an analysis of interconnected liberation centered on the lived experiences of Black women and designed to free us all.
In the spirit of the Combahee River Collective, Harriet Tubman and all the people who stood for their freedom that day Mobile Homecoming and Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind will be coordinating a pilgrimage to the Harriet Tubman Bridge on the Combahee River for a weekend of celebration, clarification, community building and ritual.
This is the first convening of a queer-black-feminist imagined collective dreaming house for people of color.
Because our dreams are crucial and priceless, not only as fodder for 5 year plans at institutions that wake up to forget us, but also as what they are—unpredictable multi-layered prophecies and warnings that love the moon more than the sun, that cherish darkness over light. Like us.
We are inviting the black power of our dreams to guide the way forward and backwards into the depth of love we need in order to enter an ethical relationship with the planet and each other.
We are welcoming our dreams as both individual well-springs of self-reflection, divine connection and growth AND as a collective resource for community and planetary transformation.
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