The Church of Black Feminist Thought
Sunday, Jan 21, 2018 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location sent w/ RSVP
“What if citations offered advice, teachings, counseling, life, initiations, and affirmations on how to refuse systems of oppression and dehumanization?” -Katherine McKittrick
The Church of Black Feminist Thought: Visual Theory-Telling Maps and Gatherings aims to bring together people and ideas in the name of love, hope, gratitude, and community. While the two of us were moved to name this space Church and a Black Feminist Study group, what we value the most is the opportunity to facilitate an intentional monthly gathering of folks invested in living with [theory/knowledge/wisdom] not just mastering it. Each black feminist thinker we decide to bring to church (replete with potluck food) is someone who has offered the world counter-imaginations and strategies for how to thrive in our minds, bodies, and spirits.
What is Black Feminist Study? What does The Church of Black Feminist Thought mean for you?
“When I think about the way we were using the term ‘study,’ I think we were committed to the idea that study is what you do with other people. It’s talking and walking around with other people, working, dancing, suffering, some irreducible convergence of all three, held under the name of speculative practice” – Fred Moten
Miyuki: The Church of Black Feminist Thought is the kind of gathering that holds all of my passions. Art, theory, dance, poetry, community, food, and ritual. It’s people coming together because they want to learn with and from each other. It’s a space where we celebrate the thinkers and makers who are both visible and invisible. When Fred Moten talks about “study,” I imagine flowers growing out of the letters. It’s not something that should be confined to fluorescent-lighted classrooms, but a converging of mind/body/spirit with joy, humility, and community.
Malika: Black feminist study is the love work of calling in and affirming the work of black women thinkers, activists and artists that have given us the road maps, medicine, and questions that guide our intellectual, social and spiritual journeys. The Church of Black Feminist Thought is an occasion to come together in the spirit of this work to breathe, feel and learn. Out of these convenings we hope to create 1) an intergenerational community of folks seriously engaging the work of black women 2) a series of visual theory telling maps (in the form of a zine) that will be dispersed in an effort to make the work even more accessible.
If you are interested in being a part of the conversation/movement/potluck email: firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, January 14th 2018
You can also follow on Instagram @blackfeministstudy
Malika & Miyuki
P.S. Please send this to a black feminist thinker you love!
P.P.S. Email us your home address if you’d like to receive a postcard invitation in the mail <3