Invocation to James Baldwin: Contemplating the Heart of the Matter

Saturday, March 9, 2019; 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Community Music School, Concert Hall, 127 State Street, Springfield

Rose Sackey Milligan
Rose Sackey Milligan, Ph.D. is a socio-cultural anthropologist and the former Director of the Social Justice Program, Center for Contemplative Mind in Socity. Rose worked for many years as a Senior Program Officer at Mass Humanities and was the Academic Director of the Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities in Springfield, MA.

Powerful literature highlighting the question of Black Americans for justice, equal rights and citizenship servies as a tool to create open and honest dialgoue and new ways of thinking about our nation’s history, the enslavement of Black Americans, and the role racism places in our national discouse. In this class, using contemplative (mindful) attentiveness, participants will communally read and reflect on selected writings by James Baldwin. Through a faciliated dialogue, the significance of these writings given the current political and cultural landscape, will be explored.