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Community Dialogue – Liberation
June 19, 2020 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT
lib·er·a·tion (noun) /libəˈrāSH(ə)n/
- the act of setting someone free from imprisonment, slavery, or oppression; release.
- freedom from limits on thought or behavior.
Join us for a Community Dialogue and Story Session with Lillie Pearl Allen and Delma Jackson III, about liberation: dreamed and realized, internal and structural, for black lives and beyond., Held Juneteenth, June 19, 2020 at 3pm EDT/ 12pm PDT.
In 1983, Lillie Pearl Allen led the “Black & Female: What is the Reality” workshop at the first Black Women’s Health Conference. Over a thousand Black women and girls participated in this workshop. This gathering marked the beginning of a social movement, created a legacy of leadership for justice that is inclusive of all people, and laid the foundation for the 1992 incorporation of Be Present, Inc.
Delma Jackson is a CWC senior fellow and has spent the last several decades scrutinizing both his own internal biases and how they show up in social movements across history. This combination has led to an ever-broadening scope of what liberation can look like for all people through an intersectional lens and a value-based movement.
For both storytellers, a desire for personal liberation, led to a desire for Black liberation, which led them both to the same conclusion. As Malcolm X asserted,
It’s freedom for everybody or it’s freedom for nobody.
While the whole country yet again grapples with the reality of structural violence against Black people, we offered a space for these two to share their journey and their dream–for us all.