What you will learn:
Come explore the history of Black social and economic centers that rose to prominence in the United States - centers that became grand and powerful enough to garner the title of a "Black Wall Street." These places, birthed out of the Reconstruction Era in the central and southern parts of the country, demonstrated the will of an oppressed people to transcend that oppression, and not only survive, but thrive. They are places such as:
- The Greenwood District in Tulsa, OK,
- Jackson Ward in Richmond, VA; and
- The Hayti Community in Durham, NC.
These centers of Black economic power arose despite the continued oppression and suppression of Black bodies in the United States, succeeding hundred of years of slavery and a brutal Civil War. We'll learn how these social and economic ecosystems shined - some thriving for decades, and others lost in time; succumbing to the brutality and violence that countered Black success in a Jim Crow America.
Despite what you may have learned in history class, Black economic power existed and exists in the United States of America.
About the instructor:
A Specialist in Decolonization, Shaunda Lewis is a social and spiritual entrepreneur and scientist committed to moving humanity into a brighter age. A dynamic visionary, innovator, and systems architect and alchemist, she is dedicated to developing the structures for all to be their authentic selves and thrive. A daughter of Caribbean immigrants to the United States, her unique perspective of belonging to multiple cultures, holding a plethora of distinct identities, and navigating social constructs that never made the space for her full self, allows her to understand the need to create spaces that work for us all. Shaunda’s primary enterprise, Stone and Grace, is focused on deconstructing antiquated systems, structures, and ways of thinking in order to build back better, anew, and create spaces that work for us all. She is in the business of decolonizing spaces, places, and people, and liberating hearts and minds to strengthen the individual and collective disposition to thrive. As a Black woman and first generation American from Greater Boston, Shaunda is an avid promoter of multi-culture and anti-racist best practice. A master facilitator, certified professional coach, and adult educator by trade, as well as historian and numerologist by training, she influences growth through building knowledge and consciousness.
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Suggested Length:90 min(Flexible)
# of Employees: Flexible
Format: Live via Zoom
- Keynote Followed by Q&A
- Lecture with Discussion
- Interactive Workshop
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