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Day of Transformation

May 19, 2018 / 10am - 2 pm

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Join Speaking Down Barriers for our 1st Annual Day of Transformation on May 19 from 10 AM-2 PM as we Live Unapologetically Across Our Differences! 


On El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz's (Malcolm X) birthday, we will honor him, Audre Lorde, James Baldwin, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Cesar Chavez, inviting them to guide us into a day beyond our own imaginations! Buy your tickets early!

What is the Day of Transformation?

A 4-hour experience of living together intentionally across our human differences, including dialogue, art, creativity, sound healing, and more!

How Does This Support Social Transformation in the Upstate?

As we work for healing, justice, & collective liberation within the world, it is imperative that we challenge ourselves outside of our comfort zones, our silos of thought, and on occasion, break paths with typical forms of civic engagement and social change. It is important that we stop to feel. It is important that we connect with one another and build. It is important that we remember to have fun while working towards healing & justice. We have the opportunity for our brains to create new neural pathways of connection, expanding our imagination for who we are in the world, what the world can be, and how we can build it.

Who Will Be There?

You, those you love, and a diverse array of beautiful folks, including:

-Activists, creatives, and scholars who will dialogue with us on real-life experience as well as ways we move forward in healing & action
-Poets and artists from across South Carolina who will offer their gifts in unique fashions throughout the day, including film, poetry, live art, and storytelling
-Chefs and healers who will share their gifts throughout the day 

Reading for Transformation

Every month, Speaking Down Barriers meets at the Hub City Bookshop on 4th Mondays to discuss a monthly book related to social transformation or written by a marginalized voice. During May, we will be reading two books:

"Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds" by adrienne maree brown

"Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi" by Kali Akuno & Ajamu Nangwaya (Editors)

These two books will be incorporated into the day; however, it is never required that everyone read the book to offer insight. These books are available at the Hub City Bookshop for a discount when you inform them that it is for "Reading for Transformation".

A Children's Corner

Feel free to bring your little ones! We will have safe adults ready to engage them in arts & crafts as well as age-appropriate dialogue about fun, transformation, and healing!

This program is funded in part by Chapman Cultural Center, its donors, the County and City of Spartanburg and the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.

This program is also sponsored by South Carolina Humanities, a not-for-profit organization; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture, and heritage.

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