Mbongi is an Indigenous African concept from the Bakongo Bantu people meaning: “community, house without rooms/walls [without separation], and learning place.” Mbongi teaches us that it is through community that we solve our problems and also nourish our creative ideas, suggestions and innovations. This requires transparency and being real with one another instead of being conflict avoidant. Fear of conflict is a tool of colonization, capitalism, and white supremacy to keep masses subdued so that injustices and harm are not challenged and continue. It is through community that we support one another, survive, and thrive. Indigenous peoples globally know that the ancestors, nature, and the stars are a part of community too. We can cultivate wisdom from our ancestral philosophies and from the insights the stars offer, to support community efforts of justice and to cultivate healing structures through culturally relevant trauma-informed peer support. Our Ancestors were practicing transformative justice, healing justice, disability justice, Intersectionality, communal values and the values of related liberation movements long before these modern categories for them that have unfortunately that been co-opted (distorted or diluted to preserve White supremacy, colonialism, colonization, and harm). This circle is for Black people only.
Length, Dates and Times Offered
May 7th, 2023 10am-12pm PT
May 7th, 2023 12pm-2pm CT
May 7th, 2023 1pm-3pm ET
By the end of this Circle, participants will leave with...
- A greater understanding of how disability justice is aligned with Indigenous African practices of care, healing, and accountability.
This Circle is ideal for:
- Black people curious about incorporating Indigenous spiritual practices within their community/organizing.
Access requests, including interpretation and captioners, can be made during registration or by emailing Dustin Gibson at email@example.com. Requests for interpreters and captioners that are made less than 48 hours before the event typically are more difficult to meet. We will try and notify you if we cannot secure requested access.
Issues with Registration?
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Free! Though we appreciate donations from those who can afford to do so.
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