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Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (Session One)

June 25 - July 16

Oh they'll love me all right. It will take time, but they'll love me. 

-Sula Peace

Session One is named for Carla DuPree's forthcoming novel Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, which gleans its title from the following Miller Williams' quote: "Have compassion for everyone you meet, even if they don't want it. What seems conceit, bad manners, or cynicism is always a sign of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen. 
You do not know what wars are going on down there where the spirit meets the bone." Revolutionary daughters

begin the summer by contemplating their story. What does it mean to live in this skin, with the color red between my knees, in this country here? What are the confines of particular narratives? What are the gifts? They explore these concepts with the support of two texts, a film, and a classic album. Daughters produce spoken, written, and digital products that illustrate their application of ideas and emotions earned. They begin to rehearse for the end-of-summer production and acquire new, useful vocabulary terms. The following transformational media guide the first session.

    

for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

Ntozake Shange

Sula

Toni Morrison

Pariah

Dee Rees 

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill

In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens (Session Two)

July 23 - August 13

For these grandmothers and mothers of ours were not Saints, but Artists; driven to a numb and bleeding madness by the springs of creativity in them for which there was no release. They were Creators, who lived lives of spiritual waste, because they were so rich in spirituality—which is the basis of Art—that the strain of enduring their unused and unwanted talent drove them insane. Throwing away this spirituality was their pathetic attempt to lighten the soul to a weight their work-worn, sexually abused bodies could bear.

-Alice Walker

Session Two, named for the Alice Walker essay, challenges revolutionary daughters to imagine a version of themselves that has not been prescribed for them. They work to honor the benevolent Spirit and their creative powers; they undress and disregard labels to discover that they are, in fact, a baby bit of God. Daughters produce spoken, written, and digital products that illustrate their application of ideas and emotions earned. They continue to rehearse for the end-of-summer production and acquire new, useful vocabulary terms. The following transformational media guide the second session.        

Corregidora

Gayl Jones

In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens

Alice Walker

Our Men Do Not Belong to Us

Warsan Shire

 

"My First Time"

"Eyes Married Now"

Salkis Re

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