Beautiful. Powerful. Love. events engulf guests in culturally relevant performances and workshops in several healing art forms. The events offer the community opportunities to come together, begin to identify the roots of toxic thoughts and behaviors that keep Black women unhealthy and to heal those roots through joy, beauty, and culture. Each event includes neo-soul cuisine featuring recipes from the Diaspora prepared with optimal health in mind and juxtaposed to show the uniqueness and commonalities of Diasporic cultures.

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Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Looking for a grounded voice during a chaotic time in the US? Join an author talk with Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs that includes a sneak peek of her new book Dub: Finding Ceremony and her groundbreaking book M Archive. These two books and Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity make up a groundbreaking trilogy. M Archive documents Black life at the end of the world—melding a critique of late capitalism, anti-Blackness, and environmental crisis all at once. In Dub, Gumbs channels the voices of her ancestors, including whales, coral, and oceanic bacteria to tell stories of Diaspora, Indigeneity, migration, Blackness, genius, mothering, grief, and harm.

Gumbs often traces the brilliance and wisdom of Black feminist practice, while taking on the origins of colonialism, genocide, and slavery. Through her writing, she reminds us that oppression can be challenged and that it is possible to make ourselves and our planet anew.

Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs holds a Ph.D. in English, African and African-American Studies, and Women and Gender Studies from Duke University. This queer Black troublemaker is a Black feminist love evangelist and a prayer poet priestess. She is also the first scholar to research the Audre Lorde Papers at Spelman College, the June Jordan Papers at Harvard University, and the Lucille Clifton Papers at Emory University during her dissertation research.

Treat yourself to symphonic strings, soulful voices, and rhythmic beats as they join together to create a treat for the senses. Let The Strings Speak LOVE offers perspective on the many ways to understand the power of LOVE.

LET THE STRINGS SPEAK is the brainchild of Dr. Maxine Mimms, founder of Evergreen State College Tacoma campus and educator since 1950. Dr. Mimms has joined forces with violinist and educator, Read more