Summer is in full swing. Wow! 2020 is moving fast! We went from sheltering in place to witnessing nationwide protests, and to the nation mildly getting back to work. Well, We Re-Member hasn't stopped working or developing during this pandemic.
Here is what we've been up to and what's to come:
We Re-Member's Children's Storytime
We Re-Member is launching Children's Storytime! On August 22, we will be having our first live Children's Storytime! We aim to awaken kid's curiosity about their cultural history and possibly expose them to books they haven't read in school! Storytime will be every fourth Saturday of the month on our website. Grab the young ones in your life and join us!
Register now for our live event:
We Re-Member Commemorates Jamaica's Emancipation and Independence Day
This past January we went to Jamaica to learn about Afro-Jamaican history and culture. While there we visited great houses (plantations), culture yards, museums, and a Maroon Territory. One of the most inspiring events we learned about were the Christmas Day Rebellions- a series of highly organized slaved rebellions that led to the emancipation of enslaved people. Jamaica’s Emancipation Day is comparable to the celebration of Juneteenth in the United States. Jamaica’s Emancipation Day (Jamaica’s Independence from British rule) is celebrated August 1st, and Jamaica’s Independence Day is celebrated August 6th.
To learn more, click here: https://www.blackpast.org/global-african-history/baptist-war-1831-1832/
To commemorate Emancipation Day and Jamaica’s Independence Day we will be posting a series of pictures and articles all month. Be sure to check out our social media pages on Instagram @we_re_member and on Facebook @weremember2019 to learn more!
“Black History 101” Seminars and Launches a Mentoring Network
In response to the increased demand for education regarding anti-Blackness, We Re-Member has developed and administered a “Black History 101” seminar for over 250 young adults. The seminar is a 90-minute seminar where we provide a framework for thinking about the Black experience in America from 1619 until now. In the seminar we discuss enslavement, reconstruction, Jim Crow, affirmative action, continued marginalization, anti-Blackness, cultural appropriation and erasure, and the outstanding need for repair. Because it’s impossible to discuss all these topics in a comprehensive manner in 90 minutes, the seminar acts as a framework to discuss these topics and recommends resources for the participants to continue their learning per the framework.
We also launched our mentoring network! Our mentoring network connects young adults interested in activism with more seasoned activists for an hour mentoring session to discuss an array of topics including protesting safely, developing a paradigm for change, and resources for political education. So far we have had connected seven mentors and mentees for mentoring sessions, and we look to connect more.
If you would like to have us facilitate a “Black History 101” session for your classroom, book club, or any other group you may be involved in, send us an email. Additionally, if you are interested in participating in our mentoring network as a mentor or mentee let us know. We can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call Natasha at 510-921-4616.
Davohnte Morgan Missing
As many of you already know, a member of We Re-Member’s community has been missing since May 5th, 2020. Davohnte Morgan, 28-year-old male, was last seen in Mount Shasta. His disappearance has been classified as suspicious. Please contact us with any leads or information you may be aware of. All help is appreciated at this time.
For more information click this link: https://www.kdrv.com/content/news/Davohnte-Morgan-still-missing-after-disappearing-from-Mt-Shasta-more-than-a-month-ago-571110951.html
During our time in Montgomery, Alabama, we had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Valda Montgomery.
Her family lived several doors down from Martin Luther King, Jr. and his family. Dr. Montgomery's family's involvement was pivotal during the 1956 Montgomery Bus Boycott. They also assisted the Freedom Riders during the 1960s by housing them- one of whom was Congressman John Lewis. In honor of Rep. John Lewis, our recommended book is JUST A NEIGHBOR: A CHILD'S MEMOIR OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.
In this book, Dr. Montgomery shares her memories of growing up with Dr. King as her neighbor, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Freedom Riders, and her own involvement during the Civil Rights Movement.
To purchase the book, please visit: http://www.valdahmontgomery.com/
May John Lewis' legacy live on. Let's get into "good trouble".
Sending you all healthy energy and good vibes!