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Friday, March 23
 

6:20pm

Techmoja Dance and Theater-Company
Limited Capacity seats available

The evening starts with a performance by Techmoja Dance and Theater-Company.

This trailblazing company was born out of un-selfish true love, and that love remains the nucleus to this very day.

The company’s primary goal is to produce quality performance for the spectator and the performer.
The Techmoja Dance & Theater Company provides an outlet for creative artists of all ethnicities, whether trained or untrained, with hopes of fostering an abundance of talent. Inspiring those who dream and understand that true talent, “has no color, shape or size… just talent.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Lee-Y Green

Kevin Lee-Y Green

Techmoja Dance and Theater-Company
Kevin Lee-y Green has been a force on Wilmington’s theater and dance scene since, performing in and choreographing multiple shows for both his company, Techmoja Dance and Theatre Company.


6:30pm

Keynote Speech "“Black Liberation Is Impossible Without Ending AIDS”
Limited Capacity seats available

Wilmington, North Carolina -- Journalist and author Steven W. Thrasher will present “Black Liberation Is Impossible Without Ending AIDS” is a co-sponsored keynote address for the Free Movement Conference and the HIV Awareness Walk on Friday March 23rd at 7:00pm.

Free and open to the public, Mr. Thrasher’s talk begins at 7 p.m. and is at the Cape Fear Community College (Union Station). 

There will be no Black liberation in the United States or anywhere—and there will be no end to systemic, medical, or economic racism—without ending AIDS. Scholar and journalist Steven W. Thrasher will lecture about how the forces which make people vulnerable to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) are the same forces which make life precarious for Black people. Beginning with his research on the case of Michael "Tiger Mandingo" Johnson, Thrasher will talk about how the criminalization of HIV impacts Black, queer, and/or disabled communities. He will also use his experiences reporting on the movement for Black lives in St. Louis, Baltimore, Oakland and New York City to address why one in two Black queer men are predicted to become HIV positive (despite having fewer sexual partners and lower uses of recreational drugs); why AIDS has receded as a political priority for many gay organizations; and, why HIV remains largely invisible in mainstream media. Riffing on the Combahee River collective, Thrasher will argue that eradicating AIDS from the face of the earth is impossible without ending anti-Blackness—and that eradicating anti-Blackness from the face of the earth is impossible without ending AIDS—because ending either would "necessitate the destruction of all systems of oppression."

More about Steven Thrasher:
Steven W. Thrasher is a doctoral candidate in American Studies at New York University and a Writer-At-Large for the Guardian. His writing has also been published in the New York Times, New York Review of Books, BuzzFeed, Esquire, Village Voice, Journal of American History, and Radical History Review. Steven has guest lectured at the American University of Beirut, the City University of New York, and Northwestern University, and his scholarship looks at the intersections of race, sexuality, policing, and HIV/AIDS. In 2012, Steven was named Journalist of the Year by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; in 2015, he was awarded the Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism by the Gannett Foundation for his reporting on HIV criminalization; and, in 2017, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the American Sociological Association's journal Contexts. You can follow him on Twitter @thrasherxy.









Speakers
avatar for Steven Thrasher

Steven Thrasher

journalist, The Guardian
Steven W Thrasher is writer-at-large for Guardian US. He was named Journalist of the Year 2012 by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.



8:30pm

Sarus Festival & Free Movement present the Invisibility Project
Limited Capacity seats available

The Invisibility Project is a dance and spoken word performance exploring how current residents of Wilmington, NC see and experience each other when interacting across race lines in the wake of the Coup d'etat of 1898. The performance focuses on the thoughts and feelings that arise between people when they are faced with interacting with someone of a different race: bringing to light through movement the invisible processes that occur in these relationships. This project is the culmination of a series of discussions, exploration, and reflections within the cast that have occurred over a series of months. It was first performed at the riverfront in September 2017 and has been adapted for this new venue. This version includes further exploration of the female perspective and how race impacts the sexualization of women. A Q&A/discussion will directly follow the performance.

Speakers
avatar for Brittany Patterson

Brittany Patterson

Invisibility project
​Brittany Patterson has been dancing since the age of 5 and began choreographing as a teenager. She danced as an apprentice for Demetrius Klein Dance Company in Lake Worth, FL and has presented her own work in New York, NY in conjunction with DKDC. Brittany studied dance at SUNY... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Rae Williams

Kelly Rae Williams

Athenian Press and Workshops
Kelly Rae believes that starting Poet.she Performing Arts is truly her greatest achievement. Her work with Poet.she has led to countless awards and recognition for her writing. Kelly Rae's published her first book in 2012, Real Girls Have Real Problems. Her recent work has been seen... Read More →


 
Saturday, March 24
 

8:30am

REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
Limited Capacity seats available

Pre-Registration is encouraged via the website.  Day of registration will limited to availability. Contact us if you have any questions: info@workingnarratives.org

Breakfast is included with registration at the conference.   

Saturday March 24, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm
Lobby Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

9:30am

North Carolina Raises the Age: Changes to Schools and Judicial System
No matter what the offense, North Carolina’s century-old policy of sending 16- and 17-year-olds to adult jails and branding them with lifelong criminal records should end.  In 2017 after many years of lobbying and advocacy, and numerous studies North Carolina lawmakers agreed to change the law for youth accused of misdemeanors and low-level felonies such as larcenies, break-ins and other non-violent crimes. The change will be implemented in 2019.  This panel will discuss its impact and the development of interagency policy changes locally and state-wide toward ending the practice of sending young people into the adult prison system.

Speakers
avatar for Chief District Court Judge J. H. Corpening II

Chief District Court Judge J. H. Corpening II

Judge J.H. Corpening, chief district judge of the Fifth Judicial District.
avatar for Frankie Roberts

Frankie Roberts

LINC
Frankie Roberts was born and raised in Wilmington NC.   He went to private school in his early years (K-8th grade) and he graduated from John T Hoggard High School. He owned and operated a community-based barbershop for approximately 18 years where he received his informal education... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Janna Robertson

Dr. Janna Robertson

UNCW | Southeastern North Carolina Dropout Prevention Coalition
Dr. Janna Robertson has been an educator for over 30 years and is currently a professor at UNCW. Her research and publications focus in the areas of dropout prevention, teacher preparation, arts education, and community service learning. Dr. Robertson has been an educational consultant... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:55am
Room A Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

9:30am

Building Power Within & Power With to Mobilize Resources
Communities of color are devastated by wars waged against us in the name of safety. Slavery, divestment, displacement, and more are connected to community-level post-traumatic stress disorder and internalized oppression, which manifests in ways that make us play small, settle for less and work in isolation even when our work is about community and movement building. To transform self, systems and culture we must embody the change we envision using deep practice that grounds wisdom into our lives. This highly participatory session centers personal transformation, storytelling, community building and visioning to foster empowerment and interdependence among fundraisers and resource mobilizers. Using the Colorado Transformative Leadership Fellowship as a model, participants will begin visioning ways to individually and collectively raise resources to transform movements from the inside out.

Speakers
avatar for Davian Gagne

Davian Gagne

DCG Consulting/Transformative Leadership for Change
Davian has over 15 years of blended experience working in both the nonprofit and government sectors. She has deep experience with nonprofit development, fundraising, and social justice movement building. Most recently, she transitioned out of the nonprofit sector to be the Project... Read More →
avatar for Taij Moteelall

Taij Moteelall

Media Sutra Inc.
Taij Kumarie Moteelall is a visionary changemaker who has blazed a successful path in the arts, activism and philanthropy. She started Media Sutra as a vehicle for self-determination and collective liberation. Manifesting this vision in partnership with like-minded and like-hearted... Read More →



Saturday March 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:55am
Room B Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

9:30am

A Greater Understanding
How do we improve the health and well-being of people affected by drug use and drug policies? How do we do outreach nonjudgmentally and meet people where they are?   In the face of skyrocketing rate of drug overdose deaths, reversing the uptick in HIV and Hepatitis C transhion calls for steering a path that recognizes drugs as a public health problem, not a criminal one. While a great number of expectations are often placed on drug users to change their behaviors, the social context that creates and reinforces drug-related stigma is rarely explored or further – challenged. Examining the impact of syringe exchange programs and other approaches, this session explores the relationship building that leads to participation making health care decisions, like looking into treatment.


Speakers
avatar for Jesse Bennett

Jesse Bennett

Outreach Worker, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition
Jesse Bennett GED, BSW is a former drug user and a formerly incarcerated person.  He works as an outreach worker and statewide volunteer coordinator for the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition and, as such, he participates in and advocates for harm reduction efforts in the community... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:55am
ROOM E Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

9:30am

Citizen Journalists
You have a lot to say. We tell you how to get your message out in a way that has reach and will be heard.  This workshop will delve into how to tell honest and newsworthy stories in the community without compromising one’s views and morals. This workshop will also provide tools on how to effectively clarify and share your strongest narratives.   With Azuree Bateman.

Speakers
avatar for Azuree Bateman

Azuree Bateman

Belle Media Group | Bennett College
Azuree is a student journalist by day and organizer by night. She has a strong passion for political education amongst millennials. In May 2018, Azuree will obtain her Bachelor's Degree from Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. Throughout her collegiate experience Azuree... Read More →
avatar for Tamara Jeffries

Tamara Jeffries

Associate Professor Journalism and Media Studies, Bennett College
Talk to me about creating/capturing/sharing non-fiction narratives; about the impact of media and social media images and activity on mental health; about experiences at a historically-black woman's college; about yoga and mindfulness practices for mental health (especially in the... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:55am
Room D Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

9:30am

Competing Goals in Local Criminal Justice Reformers
The Valley Justice Coalition began in the urgent effort to stop the construction of a new jail and stop the expansion of the carceral state. Having won this initial campaign, they have tried a variety of approaches to advocacy at the local level. This workshop will describe divergent opinions and conflicts within the coalition which are representative of divergent interests and goals of criminal justice reform generally, with stories of both success and failures. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to role play some of the different kinds of advocates in their interactions with each other and in conversations with decision makers. Through this, they will gain clarity about how to navigate these conflicts and identify their own preferred advocacy strategies.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Barrows

Daniel Barrows

Chair, Valley Justice Coalition
Daniel Barrows has deep experience in building collaborative partnerships with those on the edges of society to work together toward personal and societal healing and growth. For six years, he animated a community of those who have experienced homelessness who teach sustainable living... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:55am
Room C Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

9:30am

The Art of Dissent: Arts Activism & Radical Transformation
The Art of Dissent examines the way that artists and their art respond to social issues and speak to the struggles we face in our society. It also highlights the possibilities for the use of art as an integral part of social movements. The sessions hands on sessions will seek to offer a vision of dissent that encourages greater and more in-depth collaboration between artists and organizers in helping bring radical transformation.



Speakers
avatar for Dasan Ahanu

Dasan Ahanu

Radical Voice & Artistic Expression
Dasan Ahanu is a jack of many trades; he is a public speaker, poet, organizer, workshop facilitator, spoken word artist, educator, songwriter, writer and emcee. Dasan has hosted or coordinated many poetry, jazz, Hip Hop, and cultural arts events. He has helped to establish and grow... Read More →
avatar for Monifa Lemons Jackson

Monifa Lemons Jackson

Co-Founder/Director, The Watering Hole Poetry
Monfia Lemons is an artist, writer, and educator. She is the co-founder and director of The Watering Hole, a writing retreat and artist development project for writers of color. Also recognized as SelahthePoet, Monifa began her poetic journey in Columbia, SC in the late 90s, where... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:55am
Stage Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

9:30am

The Art of Dissent: Arts Activism & Radical Transformation
The Art of Dissent examines the way that artists and their art respond to social issues and speak to the struggles we face in our society. It also highlights the possibilities for the use of art as an integral part of social movements. The sessions hands on sessions will seek to offer a vision of dissent that encourages greater and more in-depth collaboration between artists and organizers in helping bring radical transformation.



Speakers
avatar for Dasan Ahanu

Dasan Ahanu

Radical Voice & Artistic Expression
Dasan Ahanu is a jack of many trades; he is a public speaker, poet, organizer, workshop facilitator, spoken word artist, educator, songwriter, writer and emcee. Dasan has hosted or coordinated many poetry, jazz, Hip Hop, and cultural arts events. He has helped to establish and grow... Read More →
avatar for Monifa Lemons Jackson

Monifa Lemons Jackson

Co-Founder/Director, The Watering Hole Poetry
Monfia Lemons is an artist, writer, and educator. She is the co-founder and director of The Watering Hole, a writing retreat and artist development project for writers of color. Also recognized as SelahthePoet, Monifa began her poetic journey in Columbia, SC in the late 90s, where... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:55am
Stage Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

9:30am

Your Body Speaks
The importance of listening to your body after you eat.  Do you feel tired?  Or do you feel full of energy.  This interactive session will discuss practices for deep listening to your body!

This session is a part of the Wellness as a Form of Social Activism will be offering a workshop area that encourages sessions that introduce people to healing justice.  We want to share basic healing skills, and that share models for community and collective organizing around health and wellness.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Poorten

Chris Poorten

Wilmington Wellness
My name is Chris Poorten and I believe we have all been put on this earth for a purpose, and we all have many great strengths and talents to share with the world.  Our lives are meant to be led with abundance, TRUE HEALTH, and service to others.  I am very passionate about helping... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:55am
Lobby Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

11:00am

Decriminalizing Childhood: Removing Youth from the Adult Criminal Justice System
This session will cover significant youth justice campaigns across the South that are focused on keeping youth out of adult courts, jails, and prisons, with an emphasize on efforts in North Carolina and South Carolina.  

Speakers
avatar for Jeree Thomas

Jeree Thomas

Campaign for Youth Justice
Jeree Thomas is the Policy Director at the Campaign for Youth Justice. She provides research and policy support to state advocates trying to end the prosecution, sentencing, and incarceration of youth in the adult criminal justice system.  Before joining the Campaign, Jeree served... Read More →
avatar for Tracey Tucker

Tracey Tucker

Campaign for Youth Justice
Tracey Tucker is the Raise the Age SC Coalition Coordinator at the Campaign for Youth Justice. Over the past 20 years, Tracey has worked as a teacher and social worker. As a teacher, Tracey taught social studies and special education.  As a social worker, she has worked with various... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:25pm
Room A Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

11:00am

Practicing Harm Reduction in Rural Communities
What are the best ways to move harm reduction and drug policy reform forward in our rural communities? What is a cultural competency approach look like for rural needs? Rural residents face a variety of access barriers when it comes to seeking services.   How does the lack of healthcare access affect population health and patient well-being in a community? What types of healthcare services are frequently difficult to access in rural areas? What are some strategies to improve access to care in rural communities?  This session is lead by two rural practitioners and advocates who will share their experiences, models and approaches.

Speakers
avatar for Brandi Tanner

Brandi Tanner

North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition
Brandi provides harm reduction services and naloxone to people who use drugs, do sex work and/or take bupe/methadone in the Northern rural counties for NCHRC.
LW

Loftin Wilson

North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition
Loftin Wilson is a southern, queer, transmasculine harm reductionist originally from a small town in rural central NC, who now lives in Durham, NC. He started as a volunteer with the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition in 2010 and then worked part-time as a Harm Reduction Organizer... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:25pm
Room B Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

11:00am

MuckRock: Putting Public Records in Everyone's Hands
Learn how to use public records to open up government and shine a spotlight on how policies impact our every day life. MuckRock will share lessons learned from helping file over 40,000 records requests, including how to dig into incarceration, surveillance, policing and a variety of other key issues.

Speakers
avatar for Beryl Lipton

Beryl Lipton

MuckRock
Senior Reporter Beryl C.D. Lipton is motivated by the inefficiencies that hinder a progressive democracy. She studied the History and Literature of America at Harvard College and likes to play with patterns and narrative constructions.
avatar for Michael Morisy

Michael Morisy

founder, MuckRock
Michael Morisy is the founder of MuckRock, a public records non-profit that works with journalists, activists, and researchers around the country for a more accountable and transparent government. A former editor at the Boston Globe, he regular advises on how to use transparency effectively... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:25pm
Room D Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

11:00am

Who Is Your Media Strategy?
When you’re involved in your community and trying to amplify that work, it’s no longer enough to write good press releases or have a social media presence. Community members, organizers, advocates, and activists need to build relationships with local media in order to keep communities informed, spark change, build community power, and reverse harmful narratives. Our power lies in our relationships. When we don’t have relationships with the people telling our stories, we leave our stories to be told by those they do have relationships with: institutions and individuals who don’t always know us best. 

Speakers
avatar for Alicia Bell

Alicia Bell

Organizer, Free Press / Angelou House
Born, raised, and living in Charlotte, NC, Alicia Bell currently organizes with News Voices: North Carolina, a project of Free Press aimed at shifting the culture of community and journalist interaction and relationship. Outside of their work with Free Press, Alicia is apart of Angelou... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:25pm
Room C Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

11:00am

The Art of Dissent: Arts Activism & Radical Transformation
The Art of Dissent examines the way that artists and their art respond to social issues and speak to the struggles we face in our society. It also highlights the possibilities for the use of art as an integral part of social movements. The sessions will seek to offer a vision of dissent that encourages greater and more in-depth collaboration between artists and organizers in helping bring radical transformation.

Speakers
avatar for Dasan Ahanu

Dasan Ahanu

Radical Voice & Artistic Expression
Dasan Ahanu is a jack of many trades; he is a public speaker, poet, organizer, workshop facilitator, spoken word artist, educator, songwriter, writer and emcee. Dasan has hosted or coordinated many poetry, jazz, Hip Hop, and cultural arts events. He has helped to establish and grow... Read More →
avatar for Monifa Lemons Jackson

Monifa Lemons Jackson

Co-Founder/Director, The Watering Hole Poetry
Monfia Lemons is an artist, writer, and educator. She is the co-founder and director of The Watering Hole, a writing retreat and artist development project for writers of color. Also recognized as SelahthePoet, Monifa began her poetic journey in Columbia, SC in the late 90s, where... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:25pm
Stage Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

12:30pm

LUNCH
Lunch served to conference participants.  

Saturday March 24, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Theater Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

1:00pm

BRUSHSTROKES Documentary
“Brushstrokes” follows Janna Robertson, an education professor at UNCW, and
hundreds of volunteers as they create a 240-foot mural in a neglected section of
Wilmington. The documentary was directed by film studies student Jillian Carney
‘17 and funded by the Building a Better Wilmington Campaign. The campaign’s goal
is to showcase nonprofit organizations in southeastern North Carolina. This Award
winning short film (15 minutes) will be followed by a discussion and coloring books
will be given out to all participants. Additionally, anyone wanting to visit the Forest of
DREAMS after the conference, maps and guided tours will be available.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Janna Robertson

Dr. Janna Robertson

UNCW | Southeastern North Carolina Dropout Prevention Coalition
Dr. Janna Robertson has been an educator for over 30 years and is currently a professor at UNCW. Her research and publications focus in the areas of dropout prevention, teacher preparation, arts education, and community service learning. Dr. Robertson has been an educational consultant... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
ROOM E Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

1:00pm

DRUMMING WORKSHOP
Free Movement is getting ready for our conference on March 23-25th which will include a drumming crew. We need you to join us! Master drummer Imhotep Dlanod returns to help us organize this activity for the conference. The workshop is free, open to all levels, and open to the public.

Free Movement Parade is a performance and residency project conceived by Working Narratives and Techmoja Dance.  Informed by the historic Orange Street landing slave escape this project examines social justice and free through a modern interpretation.  Using a procession as the core form community participants are invited walk as a group a route along Orange Street ending at the Cape Fear River the site of the escape.


Speakers
avatar for Imhotep

Imhotep

Artist
Imhotep is a New Orleans indigenous person, who relocated to Asheville. He is passionate about carrying on the musical traditions of his New Orleans culture. Imhotep teaches song and drumming to local youth. He is also a drummer in a number of bands, including the “Absurdist Gypsy... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room A Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

1:00pm

March For Our Lives - Wilmington NC
Organized by some local youth this rally will be a few blocks from the Free Movement Conference.

March For Our Lives will be a peaceful protest against gun violence and how we wish to make changes to laws or regulations for applying to receive guns. March For Our Lives also emphasizes school safety and actions that lawmakers need to take to improve the safety of schools. Join me and others in Downtown Wilmington, North Carolina for the march. Our permit states: start at Cape Fear Community College's sidewalk and then march down Water St. with detour to Riverfront Park to Princess Street back onto Water Street. And stop at the Federal Courthouse steps where there will be a stage set up.

Saturday March 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

2:00pm

Creating and Managing a Grassroots Fundraising Campaign
Explore all of the elements of a successful grassroots fundraising campaign from recruiting volunteers and crafting compelling stories, to keeping your team motivated as you thunder toward your final campaign goal. 

Speakers
avatar for Veronica Garcia

Veronica Garcia

Program Director, Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee
Veronica was born in Los Angeles and raised on the U.S./Mexico border in El Paso, Texas. She has over 20 years of experience working with social justice organizations and community groups on issues including access to health care, food and housing, anti-violence initiatives, LGBTQ... Read More →
avatar for Tanya Mote

Tanya Mote

Su Teatro
Tanya Mote is the Associate Director at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center where she has practiced for 20 years to become a better grassroots fundraiser, facilitator, and cultural organizer. For four years, she has served as a track coordinator along with several colleagues... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:25pm
Room B Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

2:00pm

Getting to the Roots of It
The war on drugs and HIV/ AIDS have long acted as accomplices. The two crises  have grown side by side, deeply influencing each other, and in some respects, a bright spot in the clouds that have shadowed HIV is how it has been an impetus of drug policy reform. People living with HIV/AIDS, and their allies, have propelled the passage of state medical marijuana laws and efforts to expand access to sterile syringes and medication assisted treatment. Why has HIV/AIDS been such a compelling rationale for drug policy reform? How has been harmed And how can we contemporaneously push it further and reach our goal of “getting to zero”? We'll hear stories from people living with and working in the HIV community who support harm reduction and safe syringe access.


Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:25pm
ROOM E Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

2:00pm

Building Relationships that Heal - A listening approach to justice & reconciliation
This session will demonstrate practical strategies to promote social change through listening and honest conversations.  Special emphasis will be put on how concepts of faith, justice & reconciliation require active listening.  Relationship building will be encouraged to extend well beyond this event.

Too often, attempts at reconciliation or justice result in the polarization of people into camps or groups that talk at, but don't listen to, each other.  Listening is essential to change.

Our focus & model is built for the South - and racial reconciliation is a major component of that model.  We will show this as part of the facilitation, as Kenny will have a partner, Brian Dickey, sharing his perspective as an African-American as part of the session - and how they built a healing relationship.

Speakers
avatar for Kenny House

Kenny House

WLF
Kenny House is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist and Certified Clinical Supervisor with over 30 years of experience in the substance abuse and mental health field. He has been involved in program development that has covered a wide range of services : from prevention to outpatient... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:25pm
Room A Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

2:00pm

NC Surveillance Self-Defense
Increasingly digital surveillance is used by police to monitor communities.  Learn about how digital activists are pushing back to protect privacy rights. 

Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:25pm
Room C Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

2:00pm

End Prison Profiteering
Who Makes Money from Mass Incarceration?  This session profiles the powerful companies and individuals who are profiting off locking up too many people for too long. Get to know the profiteers and then take action to fight their abuses.  Learn about Global Tel Link and how this price-gouging phone company profits off love, charging prisoners up to $17 for a 15-minute phone call.  Learn how private for-profit prison healthcare company keep its costs low and profits high? By failing to provide sick prisoners with needed care. And get an update on how the Bail Industry is profiting with big fees. This session will also include updates on local, regional, and national campaigns you can get involved with to end profiteering.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Wright

Paul Wright

executive director, Human Rights Defence Center
Paul Wright is the founder and Executive Director of the Human Rights Defense Center. He is also editor of Prison Legal News (PLN), the longest-running independent prisoner rights publication in U.S. history. He has co-authored three PLN anthologies: The Celling of America: An In... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:25pm
Room D Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

3:30pm

Investing in Youth Based Solutions
In the 1990's, youth organizing gained considerable momentum as a viable way for young people (ages 12-24) to realize their leadership potential and effect concrete changes in their communities and local institutions. Today, hundreds of community-based efforts across the country are engaging thousands of youth to push for social justice. This panel learns from local youth development programs who are building critical awareness and knowledge, developing problem-solving skills and proving that change and improvement is possible. The second half of this session will involve breakout groups where participants engage in interactive activities, describe experiences and share knowledge. 

Saturday March 24, 2018 3:30pm - 4:55pm
Room A Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

3:30pm

CULTIVATING MAJOR DONORS
Major donors are the people who care about building movement so much that they are willing to make a thoughtful investment in the work. Our work flourishes when we find these people and nurture successful partnerships with them. In this workshop we will explore standard cultivation methods and also think outside of the box about the long-term work of building powerful relationships with donors.

Speakers
avatar for Veronica Garcia

Veronica Garcia

Program Director, Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee
Veronica was born in Los Angeles and raised on the U.S./Mexico border in El Paso, Texas. She has over 20 years of experience working with social justice organizations and community groups on issues including access to health care, food and housing, anti-violence initiatives, LGBTQ... Read More →
avatar for Tanya Mote

Tanya Mote

Su Teatro
Tanya Mote is the Associate Director at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center where she has practiced for 20 years to become a better grassroots fundraiser, facilitator, and cultural organizer. For four years, she has served as a track coordinator along with several colleagues... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 3:30pm - 4:55pm
TBA Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

3:30pm

Women of Substance
Many drug laws and policies over the past twenty years have had specific, devastating, and disparate effects on women, and particularly on women of minority backgrounds.There is a higher likelihood that women drug users will provide sex in exchange for housing, sustenance, and protection; suffer violence from sexual partners; and have difficulty insisting that their sexual partners use condoms. Women drug users may also rely on men to inject them with drugs and to acquire drugs and injection equipment, a behavior shown to increase the likelihood of injection with contaminated equipment. Fundamentally, women have different motivations to enter both drug use and drug treatment and in the personal dynamics that play a part in treatment success.  Despite evidence of important differences in drug use experiences and access to harm reduction services for women and men, gender-sensitive interventions have not been fully integrated in harm reduction. In this workshop, we’ll focus on the unique experiences of women who use drugs and their stories.

Speakers
MB

Margaret Bordeaux

NCHRC
Margaret Bordeaux, a Wilmington native and HIV/AIDS case manager, helps NCHRC organize HIV+ &/or Hepatitis C+ people, as well as people impacted by the war on drugs in the community and places where incarcerated people reside.  Margaret also runs the Wilmington area volunteer programs... Read More →
avatar for Sue Purchase

Sue Purchase

North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition
Sue Purchase has twenty plus years of experience in harm reduction, as it relates to drug use, overdose, and the prevention of HIV, Hepatitis, and other blood-borne related illnesses. She was first introduced to the concept of harm reduction in the late 80’s while navigating her... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 3:30pm - 4:55pm
ROOM E Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

3:30pm

Stomp out HIV Stigma & Discrimination
Knowledge about HIV transmission and treatment has evolved since  it was first identified in 1981. Despite understanding on how to prevent HIV transmission and treat HIV effectively, stigma, discrimination and lack of knowledge about HIV/AIDS are contributors to underutilization of care and lack of resources. New infections of HIV are not declining in the south east especially in remote areas despite the tapering off of new HIV infections in other areas of the US.  

This session is interactive and will address the perceptions and beliefs about HIV through role play and conversation. There will be an opportunity to address fears, misperceptions, and give facts about risks, prevention tools, treatment and resources.


Speakers
avatar for LeShonda Wallace

LeShonda Wallace

SEEDS of Healing, Inc.
LeShonda Wallace is a Family Nurse Practitioner, HIV Care Provider and Integrative Health Coach. Currently she practices at New Hanover Regional Medical Center HIV Care Team located in Wilmington, North Carolina. In addition to her clinical practice as an HIV Care Provider, she is... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 3:30pm - 4:55pm
Room D Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

3:30pm

Anti-Oppression Media Strategies Toward Transgender Justice
Media has played a powerful role in advancing transgender justice and equity -- by providing deeper information about systemic injustice, elevating historically excluded and endangered voices, and offering a more inclusive vision of our communities. But media makers and journalists can also be doing more to build anti-oppression values into their work. What can the media community do to more closely engage transgender advocates, and support transgender journalists? How has media coverage of transgender experience been narratively limited? What considerations can journalists be making about their language, process, and person-to-person engagement? In this interactive panel discussion, we'll be hearing from writers and advocates on these questions and more.

Speakers
avatar for Gabrielle Bellot

Gabrielle Bellot

Gabrielle Bellot is a staff writer for Literary Hub. She grew up in the Commonwealth of Dominica. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Shondaland, Guernica, Slate, Tin House, The Paris Review Daily, The Los Angeles Review of Books, New York Magazine's... Read More →
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Kyle Dacuyan

PEN America
Kyle Dacuyan is the Senior Manager of Literary Outreach & Activism at PEN America, where he facilitates partnerships with other cultural and advocacy organizations, and leads PEN America's community engagement funding for members, writers, and other allies. He currently manages the... Read More →
avatar for Reverend Debra J. Hopkins

Reverend Debra J. Hopkins

Rev. Hopkins is Co-Founder/CEO of Sisters Together And Reaching, Inc. (STAR), a faith-based, non-profit community organization that provides spiritual support, direct services and prevention education to HIV/AIDS infected, and affected African-American women and men.Rev. Hickman has... Read More →
avatar for Lewis Wallace

Lewis Wallace

Lewis Wallace is an independent journalist, and an editor at Scalawag Magazine. He previously worked in public radio, and he is a long-time agitator around prison issues and queer and trans liberation. Lewis`s journalism focuses on the voices of people who are geographically, economically and politically marginalized, and it has won many local and national awards. He’s currently working on a book for University of Chicago Press about the history of "objectivity" in U.S. journalism, and how it has been used to suppress diverse voices., Scalawag Magazine
Lewis Wallace is an independent writer, editor and multimedia journalist. He is the State Politics Editor at Scalawag, and has previously worked for public radio's Marketplace in the New York bureau. Before that, Lewis was the economics reporter and managing editor at WYSO Public... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 3:30pm - 4:55pm
Room B Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

3:30pm

Truth, Fear and the Wilmington Water Crisis
Since the Wilmington StarNews first reported in 2017 that Chemours had been pumping the industrial chemical GenX into our local water source, people in the Cape Fear region have been struggling to get clear answers about what happened, who’s responsible, what health risks we've been exposed to, and what the environmental consequences are. This interactive panel discussion will bring together journalists covering the story with activists seeking accountability to discuss how community members can help gather facts and evidence, and about how and why to center facts and evidence in the public conversation of this issue. We’ll invite attendees to share their own questions and concerns to encourage reporting that’s responsive community needs

Speakers
avatar for Dana Sargent

Dana Sargent

Cape Fear River Watch
Dana Sargent's academic experience includes a BA in journalism and an MS in environmental sciences and policy. She is the president of the board at Cape Fear River Watch where she also chairs the Advocacy Committee and where she is working as a contract employee on a clean water... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Sill

Melanie Sill

Senior news consultant
Melanie Sill is an experienced news executive, change-maker and Pulitzer Prize-winning editor now working in North Carolina as a senior news consultant with a focus on innovation in public-interest journalism and local news sustainability. She was vice president for content and executive... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Sorg

Lisa Sorg

environmental reporter, NC Policy Watch
Lisa Sorg is an award-winning environmental investigative reporter with NC Policy Watch in Raleigh. A journalist for 24 years, Sorg has a keen interest not only in the environment, but also the social justice impacts of pollution and corporate malfeasance. She recently won two second-place... Read More →
avatar for Adam Wagner

Adam Wagner

StarNews
Adam Wagner is a reporter for StarNews, where he writes about the environment from a regional perspective. He has covered GenX and the Wilmington water crisis intensely since the story broke. He's also covered public safety, transportation and public health issues. A native of Pittsburgh... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 3:30pm - 4:55pm
Room C Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

5:00pm

Free Movement Parade & Orange Street Landing
Free Movement Parade is a performance and residency project conceived by Working Narratives and Techmoja Dance.  Informed by the historic Orange Street landing slave escape this project examines social justice and free through a modern interpretation.  Using a procession as the core form community participants are invited walk as a group a route along Orange Street ending at the Cape Fear River the site of the escape.






Speakers
avatar for Kevin Lee-Y Green

Kevin Lee-Y Green

Techmoja Dance and Theater-Company
Kevin Lee-y Green has been a force on Wilmington’s theater and dance scene since, performing in and choreographing multiple shows for both his company, Techmoja Dance and Theatre Company.



6:00pm

Dinner Break
You are on your own for dinner.

Saturday March 24, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
TBA Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

7:30pm

Wilmington on Fire
The Wilmington Massacre was a bloody attack on the African-American community by a heavily armed white mob with the support of the North Carolina Democratic Party on November 10, 1898 in the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina. It is considered one of the only successful examples of a coup d'état in the United States that left countless numbers of African-American citizens dead and exiled from the city. This event was the spring board for the white supremacy movement and Jim Crow segregation throughout the state of North Carolina and the American South. “Wilmington on Fire” gives a compelling historical and present day look at this event showing how the violent overthrow of an existing government not only cemented white supremacy in the city of Wilmington and the state of North Carolina but also throughout the United States of America.

Saturday March 24, 2018 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Jengo's Playhouse 815 PRINCESS STREET

8:00pm

Mixer at Foxes Boxes
Light fare served with drinks.  Come meet up with folks from the Free Movement conference and network.  The mixer will be held at Foxes Boxes ( 622 N 4th St, Wilmington, NC 28401).  There is street parking up and down 4th street. 

Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00pm - 11:30pm
Foxes Boxes 622 N 4th St, Wilmington, NC 28401
 
Sunday, March 25
 

8:30am

REGISTRATION & CONTENTIAL BREAKFAST
Pre-Registration is encouraged via the website.  Day of registration will limited to availability. Contact us if you have any questions: info@workingnarratives.org

Sunday March 25, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
Lobby Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

9:30am

Resilience documentary
Resilience is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Toxic Stress. These are the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior. However, what’s predictable is preventable. These physicians, educators, social workers and communities are daring to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse and neglect. And they’re using science to help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease. Panel discussion will follow the film.

Sunday March 25, 2018 9:30am - 10:55am
Theater Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

9:30am

Basic Budgeting and Financials for the Grassroots Fundraiser
As a fundraiser, budgets and financial statements are powerful tools to help define your fundraising approach, strengthen your pitch, and monitor your progress towards annual fundraising goals. Come to this session todemystify both of these tools. Learn how creating a budget givesyou a template and financial reports help you stay on track as youimplement your mission-driven work throughout the year. Bothgive you the power to communicate the financial health of yourorganization to your staff, board members, supporters, and community.

Speakers
avatar for Veronica Garcia

Veronica Garcia

Program Director, Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee
Veronica was born in Los Angeles and raised on the U.S./Mexico border in El Paso, Texas. She has over 20 years of experience working with social justice organizations and community groups on issues including access to health care, food and housing, anti-violence initiatives, LGBTQ... Read More →
avatar for Tanya Mote

Tanya Mote

Su Teatro
Tanya Mote is the Associate Director at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center where she has practiced for 20 years to become a better grassroots fundraiser, facilitator, and cultural organizer. For four years, she has served as a track coordinator along with several colleagues... Read More →


Sunday March 25, 2018 9:30am - 10:55am
Room A Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

9:30am

Reentry: Stories and Solutions
This session provides a platform for formerly incarcerated people to present effective models that address the challenges facing people with criminal histories. The session highlights a series of short talks by formerly incarcerated individuals on topics such as harnessing the political power of the formerly incarcerated, crime and violence reduction, mentorship, entrepreneurship, and trauma informed care.  In addition the session will include an overview of the barriers (access to house, employment, education) that the formerly incarcerated face. Following the presentations, there will be a brainstorming and engagement with those that attend.


Speakers
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Margaret Bordeaux

NCHRC
Margaret Bordeaux, a Wilmington native and HIV/AIDS case manager, helps NCHRC organize HIV+ &/or Hepatitis C+ people, as well as people impacted by the war on drugs in the community and places where incarcerated people reside.  Margaret also runs the Wilmington area volunteer programs... Read More →


Sunday March 25, 2018 9:30am - 10:55am
Room D Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

9:30am

Wilmington Food Insecurity Through the Lens of Access, Health and Structural Racism
This track will discuss and glance at what food insecurity looks like in identified food desert regions, Wilmington and New Hanover County as a whole, and how it impacts individuals and families. A variety of variables will be touched on: populations who are greater effected by food insecurity, access to transportation and support, health effects and how the history of systemic racism and discrimination has contributed to this in the past and present. It will additionally provide resources and acknowledgment of current programs and collaboration that exist in combating the powerful implications of food insecurity on a local level.

Speakers
avatar for Jordyn Appel

Jordyn Appel

Community Food Access Coordinator, Feast Down East
 Jordyn Appel, Local Food Access Coordinator, is Michigan grown and had an early passion for environmental consciousness and action. While attending Grand Valley State University, she worked in New Zealand and the greater Grand Rapids area farming small to mid-size sustainable and... Read More →


Sunday March 25, 2018 9:30am - 10:55am
Room C Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

9:30am

How to Keep an Eye on Raleigh: A veteran journalist shows you how to make sense of goings on at the NC General Assembly
Wherever you live in North Carolina, political decisions that affect your life and the issues you care about are made at the state legislature in Raleigh. Even professional journalists find it hard to follow all the deals and happenings that go down on Jones Street if they’re not closely familiar with the place and its customs -- and if they’re not physically present in the rooms where things happen. In this workshop, Kirk Ross will provide a densely informative guide to decoding and contextualizing everything from the state budget to committee meetings to those down-to-the-wire bill negotiations -- even if you’re hundred of miles away.

Speakers
avatar for Kirk Ross

Kirk Ross

Based in Chapel Hill, Kirk Ross is a longtime North Carolina journalist and the lead journalist reporting on the N.C. General Assembly’s activities in Raleigh for Carolina Public Press and Coastal Review Online. His reporting and opinion pieces have appeared in multiple publications... Read More →


Sunday March 25, 2018 9:30am - 10:55am
ROOM E Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

11:00am

Super Simple Fundraising Planning
Having a fundraising plan seems like a good idea, but where do you start? We'll dig into the seven basic questions you should answer to put together a roadmap for your fundraising work. You'll leave the workshop with a template you can use year after year, and a draft of your fundraising plan for the coming year.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Yandow

Heather Yandow

Nonprofit Consultant, Third Space Studio
Heather Yandow inspires nonprofit leaders to be more strategic and thoughtful in their action. Heather brings more than a decade of experience as a fundraiser, facilitator, outreach coordinator, and project manager to Third Space Studio and our clients. Prior to joining Third Space... Read More →


Sunday March 25, 2018 11:00am - 12:25pm
Room A Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

11:00am

Working to Overcome Stigma and Ensure Access to Healthcare for All Substance Users
Substance use disorders are commonly associated with criminal or moral behavior. As a result, care delivery for individuals occur separately from mental and other health care services. Traditional health care systems do not integrate prevention and treatment options for substance misuse into their agencies and resources are limited due to minimal or no insurance coverage. The separation of substance abuse treatment from general medical services limits accessibility and perpetuates both community and medical provider stigma around substance abuse diagnosis and treatment.
Substance misuse is a mental, behavioral and neurodevelopmental disorder. Acknowledging it as such is a step towards the right direction for solving the larger problem. Our region has relied on the public health response which is delayed and uncoordinated. Evidence-based medical interventions suggest that integrated holistic care for prevention, treatment, and recovery services is key to effectively care for all substance users. This session will discuss the unique challenges for Wilmington, NC where the stage is set for handling the substance abuse crisis. 

Speakers
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Margaret Bordeaux

NCHRC
Margaret Bordeaux, a Wilmington native and HIV/AIDS case manager, helps NCHRC organize HIV+ &/or Hepatitis C+ people, as well as people impacted by the war on drugs in the community and places where incarcerated people reside.  Margaret also runs the Wilmington area volunteer programs... Read More →
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Raymond Smith

Raymond Smith is currently the Operations Manager for Environmental Services for New Hanover Regional Medical Center.  In his spare time, he is involved in recovery from addiction activities from 12 step fellowship participation to being active with the B.A.C.K.O.F.F. Brunswick program... Read More →


Sunday March 25, 2018 11:00am - 12:25pm
ROOM E Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

11:00am

The Legacy of Black media in North Carolina: Honoring our past to envision our future
From the targeting of Alex Manly’s newspaper in 1898 to the emergence of independent Black-owned media outlets following the Kerner Commission report, to today’s online resistance, media has been a battleground for those fighting white supremacy. Join the conversation about North Carolina’s legacy of independent Black voices and help us imagine a media system that lifts up community, building toward racial and social justice that benefits us all.

Speakers
avatar for Brett Chambers

Brett Chambers

Triangle Association of Black Journalists
Brett Chambers has spent most of his adult life finding and presenting positive images of people, especially people of color, on television, radio, film, recording, or the classroom. He teaches mass communication and education technology at North Carolina Central University, he teaches... Read More →
avatar for Octavia Rainey

Octavia Rainey

journalist
Octavia Rainey is a journalist and community advocate, a 1978 graduate of St. Augustine’s University and a lifelong resident of Raleigh. A columnist for The Carolinian, an African American community newspaper founded in 1939, and a radio talk show host on 750 AM WAUG, Rainey has... Read More →
avatar for Joseph Torres

Joseph Torres

Senior Director of Strategy and Engagement, Free Press
Joseph Torres is Senior Director of Strategy and Engagement at Free Press. He advocates in Washington to ensure our nation’s media policies serve the public interest and builds coalitions to broaden the movement's base. Joseph is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller News... Read More →


Sunday March 25, 2018 11:00am - 12:25pm
Room C Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

11:00am

Formerly Incarcerated and Prisoner Families Organizing for Justice
Across the country formerly incarcerated people and prisoner families are organizing for justice.  Join this dialogue with veteran organizer Lillie Branch Kennedy.

Speakers
avatar for Lillie Branch Kennedy

Lillie Branch Kennedy

Resource, Information, Help for the Disadvantaged & Disenfranchised.
Lillie Branch-Kennedy, co-founder of the Community Restoration Campaign, and founding director of Resource Information Help for the Disadvantaged, has taken on the full range of hardships encountered by prisoners and their families, from supporting children of incarcerated parents... Read More →


Sunday March 25, 2018 11:00am - 12:25pm
Room D Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

11:00am

Until We're All Free: A World Without Prisons
 It's time to shut down all these prisons, y'all. But what would it take to make that a reality? Join us for a workshop that combines storytelling, visionary art, and speculative role plays to help bring a world without prisons to life.  

Speakers
avatar for Ariel Eure

Ariel Eure

Carolina Youth Action Project
Ariel is a Black queer womanist from southeastern Virginia. As a socialist and abolitionist, they believe in the power and necessity of community movements for justice. They are a political educator, facilitator, performer, and radical youth worker.Ariel has a B.A. from the University... Read More →
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Ren Trueblood

Carolina Youth Action Project
Ren is a queer Asian-American femme from the backwoods of Boiling Springs, South Carolina. They received their B.A. from Winthrop University in 2016. As the child of a war refugee who witnessed but was unable to name the traumas of misogyny and imperialism, Ren continues to learn... Read More →


Sunday March 25, 2018 11:00am - 12:25pm
Room B Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

12:30pm

LUNCH & OPEN SPACE BREAKOUTS
Lunch served to conference participants.  

Sunday March 25, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Theater Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

12:30pm

Open Space: Black Man Running Organizing
Join the effort to organize and grow the Black Man Running community engagement project.  The goal is to talk about how to build the community capacity to engage around creating racial justice, which building a culture of health.  If you want to get involved, brainstorm, and help plan this is a great open space dialogue to join. 

Sunday March 25, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Room A Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

12:30pm

Open Space: People's Movement Assembly
Community organizers across the United States have used the PMA to gather people affected by injustice, analyze what is happening in communities, and create collective plans of actions to address those conditions.   Learn how to get involved in theSouthern region with a growing PMA!

Sunday March 25, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Room B Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

12:30pm

Closing Session for The Art of Dissent: Arts Activism & Radical Transformation
This is the closing reflection session for people who participated in The Art of Dissent.  

The Art of Dissent examines the way that artists and their art respond to social issues
and speak to the struggles we face in our society. It also highlights the possibilities for
the use of art as an integral part of social movements. The sessions hands on sessions
will seek to offer a vision of dissent that encourages greater and more in-depth
collaboration between artists and organizers in helping bring radical transformation.

Speakers
avatar for Dasan Ahanu

Dasan Ahanu

Radical Voice & Artistic Expression
Dasan Ahanu is a jack of many trades; he is a public speaker, poet, organizer, workshop facilitator, spoken word artist, educator, songwriter, writer and emcee. Dasan has hosted or coordinated many poetry, jazz, Hip Hop, and cultural arts events. He has helped to establish and grow... Read More →
avatar for Monifa Lemons Jackson

Monifa Lemons Jackson

Co-Founder/Director, The Watering Hole Poetry
Monfia Lemons is an artist, writer, and educator. She is the co-founder and director of The Watering Hole, a writing retreat and artist development project for writers of color. Also recognized as SelahthePoet, Monifa began her poetic journey in Columbia, SC in the late 90s, where... Read More →


Sunday March 25, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Room D Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center

2:00pm

Closing Celebration
What are the stories and ideas we intend to carry back home with us from FM2018? How will we continue to get ready and stay ready in all the days between now and AMC2018? Join Wilmington's Techmoja Dance as we come together for a closing celebration to conclude the 2nd annual Free Movement Conference.  

Sunday March 25, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Theater Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center