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Organizing Strategies for Black Liberation

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Chicago Freedom School

719 South State Street Floor 4

Chicago, IL 60605

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Are you tired of the same old black history month narratives about first black this and that?
Are you tired of only talking about the civil rights movement during black history month?

Then join us for Organizing Strategies for Black Liberation!

This 2-part workshop series promotes dialogue and critical analysis of social movements of the late 20th and early 21st century and their impact on the black freedom struggle in America. Participants will use popular education conversations, small group activities, media, and case studies to gain a historical context to support the development of organizing models that are effective within current struggles for black liberation.


Participants will explore:

  • The Black liberation struggle in America from the first reconstruction era to today.
  • How the issues impacting black people in America have been framed and how those frames influence strategies.
  • Basic organizing skills such as framing issues, identifying points of intervention , and strategy development
  • The Jackson Plan, BYP Agenda to Build Black Futures, and The Black Alliance for Peace, as examples of modern day strategies for black liberation.

This session is ideal for black and POC, activists, educators, and anyone interested in connecting black history to current social movements. High school age youth and adults of all ages are encouraged to attend!

Part 1: February 17, 1-5pm

Part 2: February 24, 1-5pm

Tickets offered on a sliding scale. Please inquire about scholarships at info@chicagofreedomschool.org

About the Facilitator:

Xavier Danae MaatRa is a community organizer and activist from Southern New Jersey. For over a decade he has traveled the country as a organizer in the labor movement, social justice workshop facilitator and youth advocate. Prior to becoming the Training Consultant for the Chicago Freedom School, Xavier worked with the Drop-In Program at the Broadway Youth Center and helped build a coalition of youth agencies to strengthen youth programs on Chicago's southwest side. Xavier is a self-proclaimed music fiend, budding poet, and student of Pan African Studies. He's passionate about creating workshops that showcase the connection between popular education, people's history and the rhythms of Funk, Hip Hop and Jazz as tools of resistance, transformation, and political change.

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