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The Sessions

I Can't Read the Pattern, But I Can Sew It

June 24 - July 8

Negro is an interesting word. This country couldn't call us Africans because if it had, we would have understood something about ourselves. We would not have been "this Negro in America," constantly enslaved even after slavery. It would have given us a sense of continuity. So they had to say colored and Negro and nigger to keep us in our place, to remind us that we were only from this country. -Sonia Sanchez 

Session One is named for the following Cora Lee Johnson quote: "I created my own self a job. I don't have any education. I can't even read the pattern, but I can sew it." Daughters spend this session contemplating how Black women have navigated, worked to dismantle, and triumphed despite racism, sexism, and misogynoir. They explore these concepts with the support of an album, film and three texts, including an anthology that gathers together the stories and voices of such revolutionaries as Septima Poinsette Clark, Ruby Dee, Leontyne Price, Gwendolyn Brooks, Dorothy Irene Height, Sarah Vaughn, and Angela Yvonne Davis, to name a powerful few. 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 of I Dream a World and acquire new, useful vocabulary terms. The following transformational texts guide the first session.

    

I Dream a World

Brian Lanker

In the Blood

Suzan-Lori Parks

Jack in the Pot

Dorothy West

Daughters of the Dust

Julie Dash

 

A Seat at the Table 

Solange Knowles

Desire is the Kind of Thing that Eats You and Leaves You Starving

July 15 - July 22

I loved him. I swear I did. -Mozelle Batiste Delacroix

Session Two is named for a Nayyirah Waheed poem and challenges revolutionary daughters to deconstruct Black love in perhaps unfamiliar ways. Daughters are encouraged to consider Black women as both heroes in love and instigators of the trouble it sometimes brings. They work to see themselves as stewards of their own love destinies and to learn that they are capable of and responsible for calling the good sort into their space. This session is guided by a novel, a film and a pivotal album. 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.        

An American Marriage 

Tayari Jones

Eve's Bayou

Kasi Lemmons​

My Life

Mary J Blige

Ctrl

SZA

I Always Been a Troublemaker

July 29 - August 12

i don't pay attention to the

world ending 

it has ended for me

many times

and began again in the 

morning.

-Nayyirah Waheed

Session Three is also named for the following Cora Lee Johnson quote: "One thing what makes fear is power. I don't have anything that they can take and I'm not afraid of losing nothing, cause you can't lose something you don't have. I lost my health, I lost my husband, I lost my house, I lost my furniture. I never had a reputation cause I always been a troublemaker, so I didn't lose that." Revolutionary daughters use this session to think deeply about Black women who are uninterested in the roles the world has prescribed for them. These "troublemakers" build wild, comfortable lives all their own and do not apologize for the magic. Daughters trace and analyze the paths these women not take but pave. They read a collection of poetry, a short story, and study stunning visual products. 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.

    

On the Blood

Andria Nacina Cole​

Salt

Nayyirah Waheed​

Now and Forever More

Royal

Lina Viktor​

The Kitchen Table Series

Carrie Mae Weems

Saint Woman

Grand Dame Queenie

Michelle Obama Portrait

Amy Sherald

What Can I Do About All This Injustice?

Artist Trying to Get it All Down

Fulani Lady

Valerie Maynard

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