Friday, June 10
6:00 PM ET

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Power of Truths: Arts and Education Festival | DAY 1

Self-Evident Education’s Michael Lawrence-Riddell and Dr. Ousmane Power-Greene, in conjunction with the Northampton Arts Council, present an arts and education festival in Florence, MA for all members of the “teaching public”, defined broadly as anyone who is interested in helping others to learn. The event is the first in an ongoing series of experiential, educational, and artistic conferences to push our public use of education to create a just future. Power of Truths will feature multiple keynote speakers, sessions throughout the day, music and cultural events, curated food experiences, and more.

Join us on Friday night for the Opening Party presented in collaboration with Genuine Culture LLC, featuring DJs, dancing and a keynote speech. Our main event follows on Saturday with a full day of educational seminars, arts & culture offerings and experiential learning opportunities.

The guiding principle for this inaugural festival is examining ways to use art or education to push conversations about multiple truths and how the powers of those truths can help us build a better, more liberated future—a world on the other side of racial inequity. Sessions will be geared toward multiple segments of the teaching and learning public.

This will be the first in a series of many phenomenal events. Please consider joining our community in this critical work to understand and eradicate systemic racism.

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Speakers will include:

  • Bayeté Ross Smith
  • Michael Lawrence-Riddell
  • Jemelleh Coes
  • Ibrahim Ali
  • Ousmane Power-Greene
  • Akrobatik

Session topics will include:

  • Visual literacy and storytelling through art & media to engage policymakers, lawyers, judges, and civic leaders.
  • “Poetry for the People” Role of poetry in recent social movements
  • Art and Activism
  • The Role of Sports in the contemporary social movements
  • Black Lives Matter as a Global Movement
  • Youth movements from Black Power to Black Lives Matter
  • How to build a coalition to fight racism: Lessons from the Frontlines
  • Structures or systems? Rethinking how we approach dismantling racial oppression
  • Social Media activism tool kit
  • Accurate and Honest History for All (AHHA): The Power of Stories to Change the World
  • Centering Social Justice in Education, Curriculum, and Instructional Design
  • Interrogating Whiteness Through Literature
  • Black Landownership and Agriculture
  • Teaching of Hard History: From Slavery to Lynching to police violence and racially motivated shootings
  • The History of Abolitionism in Florence
  • How to respond to Contemporary White Supremacist recruitment campaigns
  • The Music is the message: Hip-Hop Education in the Classroom
  • Critical Race Theory and Other Moral Panics

Schedule of events for Day 1 and Day 2 will be published soon.

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