eckoning With Nia: A Community Symposium on Black Womxn, Public Safety & Collective Trauma On July 22, 2018, Nia Wilson and her sisters, Tashiya and Letifah, were brutally attacked by a white man wielding a knife at the MacArthur BART station in Oakland; while her two sisters survived the attack, Nia died that night on the platform. Her murder shocked the Town as thousands marched in the streets of Oakland and cities across the country demanding accountability. Yet more than a year after her death, little has changed and justice for Nia’s death has not been forthcoming.
Reckoning With Nia: Black Womxn,* Public Safety & Collective Trauma is a community symposium convened by Ashara Ekundayo Gallery that brings together black womxn artists, scholars, activists from the Bay Area to examine the structural conditions that make black women vulnerable in the public sphere and to share the political strategies and aesthetic practices that they are developing in response to this violence.
Every Body Welcome | Limited Space |
Lunch – 1200p – 1245p – Catered by Miss Ollie’s
w/ musical offerings from Destiny Muhammad
Panel Discussion – 100p – 230p
Roundtable – 245p – 415p
The symposium will consider the following questions:
What would it mean to center the experiences of black womxn in discussions of public safety?
What are the structural processes and logics that explain why public institutions – mass transit, the education system, the police – continually fail to keep black womxn safe?
How do we make our communities safer without criminalizing them or increasing the presence of the police in our communities?
What are the artistic and cultural responses that create collective safety and how do can we show up as “First Responder” in situations of need?
And finally how we can intervene in these public institutions in ways that protect all black womxn’s lives and bodies?
Lateefah Simon , President, Akonadi Foundation, BART Board of Directors District 7
Letifah Wilson , Community activist, Sister of Nia Wilson
Olka Forster , Creator/Host of the Black Moon Podcast
Courtney Morris, PhD , Assistant Professor – Women & Gender Studies, University of CA – Berkeley, Artist-In-Residence at Ashara Ekundayo Gallery
Leigh Raiford, PhD , Associate Professor – African American Studies, University of CA – Berkeley, Curator
Angela Hennessy, Associate Professor – Fine Arts/Critical Studies, California College of the Arts, Visual Artist
Janelle Luster, Program Associate, Compton’s Transgender Cultural District
Moderator, Ashara Ekundayo , Curator, Cultural Strategist
womxn* is an inclusive term and identity that welcomes cis and trans women, femmes, gender non-conforming people, and non-binary folx into the narrative
Ashara Ekundayo Gallery is honored to Partner with: The The Greenlining Institute, City of Oakland Human Services – ReCAST Grant, the Girls & Women of Color Collaborative aka “Breaking The Silence” Bay Area Town Hall on Women & Girls of Color, Compton’s Transgender Cultural District, National Black Women’s Justice Institute, and the Nia Wilson Foundation
Accessibility Information: The Greenlining Institute is an ADA compliant, wheelchair accessible venue. Restrooms will be labeled as Non-Gendered.