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Let’s Build Wakanda: A Conversation on Identity, Healing and Ancestry

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Ryan Coogler's Black Panther film has become a cultural phenomenon, raising the question, could Wakanda, a place untouched by colonialism, where black and brown people are able to thrive and create a society that is For Us, By Us, manifest in today’s world?

How do we create our Wakanda? What does a healed society look like? What are traditions that are needed to sustain healing? Who are our teachers? What gifts and medicine do we bring? These are the questions Amber Burns Jones and Deitrah Taylor will explore in this session by looking at cultural artifacts from Octavia Butler, adrienne maree brown and Ryan Coogler's Black Panther film.

Be part of this interactive workshop as we talk about our current climate as addressed in these cultural artifacts and envision a new day!

Do you desire:

  • Replenished imagination and hope for the future

  • To build our Wakanda

  • To time travel

This workshop is for you if:

  • You are feeling burnout and are seeking refuge

  • In need of practices to help access the ancestral plane

  • You enjoy Sci-Fi and Afro-Futurism

In this workshop you will learn:

  • Connections between the works of Octavia Butler, adrieene marree brown, and Ryan Coogler's Black Panther film.

  • How the themes expressed in these works provide a blueprint for building our Wakanda.

How we will gather

We will gather through a participatory online workshop that is interactive, informative and practice-based.

This workshop is part of a series of workshops and trainings led by the Liberatory Leadership Project around the intersections of spirituality, healing, and justice.

This workshop will be recorded.

Cost & Scholarships: $35. If the price is a barrier, please contact us and we will work to connect you with a scholarship. Likewise, if you can, pay it forward, to make this accessible to folks regardless of financial means.


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Deitrah Joye Taylor, M.A.- Public Historian

I am a native central Georgian raised partially on the coast of Georgia. I find the stories of past that people, not unlike myself had experienced fascinating. I am a historian and I tell those stories. I am also a story seeker, story-teller, story keeper, writer, dramaturge, educator, change agent, reiki practitioner, lightworker, teamaker, caregiver, friend, neighbor, time traveler, music lover, gardener, dreamer. I believe in the power of everyday people to make a difference.


Amber Burns-Jones

Amber is a facilitator, writer, artist, cultural organizer, birth doula and dreamer. Born and raised in Louisville, Ky, her roots run the length of the American South, carry salt from many seas and are laced with magic. She uses BlackJoy as a form of resistance and believes an unleashed imagination is key to liberation.

She spends her days learning to cultivate her sparkle with her twin brown children and partner.




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