AN UNTITLED RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT is a performance based on the 1871 testimony of Spartanburg County residents who were terrorized by the Ku Klux Klan. The show combines historical text, original writing by the cast and discussion facilitated by Speaking Down Barriers. The ensemble is made of actors, writers, poets, lawyers and historians. Produced by Anna Abhau Elliot and directed by me Untitled Reconstruction Project asks, how can we trace the journey from 1871 to the present. Video by Jordan H. Manigo
WRITERS WELL YOUTH FELLOWSHIP RETREAT, founded by myself and Marlanda Dekine, is a year long fellowship for black girls ages 14-19. The fellowship begins with a 4-day overnight writing retreat which includes guest speakers, roundtables, and workshops centered on writing, social justice, and empowerment. Together we work to build a foundation and community among black girls, including writing mentorship and healing workshops. Applications for new fellows are available every spring. Interested, got questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HEALING US is a monthly space offered by Speaking Down Barriers for people of African descent or of the African diaspora to engage affirmation, work together to heal internalized oppression and engage liberation. "Our healing, our love, our resistance cannot mimic white supremacy," because the goal is not to switch positions with those in power but to transform the way in which we hold power.