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The Wakanda Workshop: Intellectual Discussion about the Black Panther Film

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New York City Baha'i Center

53 East 11th Street

New York, NY 10003

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We are taking an intellectual look at Marvel's breakout film, Black Panther using spiritual, historical, and scientific literature to discuss sociological, economical, historical and political issues in construct of black people and their place in the United States, Globally and within their own community.

The purpose of this workshop is to have an open discussion about race, gender and colonialism. All races, ethnicities, genders, religions and anything in between are welcome to participate. We are looking to build bridges, not barriers.

The Workshop will consist of brief talks by guests who work in the field, break out group sessions and open discussions. Throughout the day participants will be able to sign up for grassroot organizations or projects, leaving the center with an action plan or commitment in place.

The Four Subjects that will be Discussed are:

  • The Dynamic Between Genders

    • W'Kabi: Would you kill me, my love? Okoye: For Wakanda... no question

  • What is Being Black?

    • You can scar yourself as much as you like. To them, you'll just be an outsider. Your crazy to think that you can just walk in there. - Ulysses Klaue

  • PTSD of Colonialism

    • I observed for as long as I could. Their leaders have been assassinated. Communities flooded with drugs and weapons. They are overly policed and incarcerated. All over the planet, our people suffer because they don't have the tools to fight back. With vibranium weapons they can overthrow all countries, and Wakanda can rule them all, the right way! - N'Jobu

  • Wakanda Without Borders

    • Wakanda will no longer watch from the shadows. We can not. We must not. We will work to be an example of how we, as brothers and sisters on this earth, should treat each other. Now, more than ever, the illusions of division threaten our very existence. We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another, as if we were one single tribe. - T'Challa

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