When: Sat., Aug. 11, 4-6 p.m. 2018
Join local Black artists and experts in their fields for a panel discussion on bringing the past into the future, led by Wanda Ravernell, executive director of Omnira Institute, the Oakland-based organization dedicated to reviving Black cultural traditions. Featuring food, music, and storytelling, this panel calls you in to participate in that work by showing up to appreciate it. Learn how Dr. Gail Myers, cultural anthropologist and founder of Farms to Grow Inc., helps connect the dots between future and current generations of Black farmers and Black farming traditions through her work. Taste the kitchen creations of chef Wanda Blake-Opeola, who bakes history into her dishes. Hear the musical stylings of traditional jazz vocalist Shavon Moore and learn about art as activism from Marion Coleman, a current National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow. Coleman stitches whole histories and cultures into her award-winning textiles, reminding us that history is alive and all around us — and that we are a part of it.