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Magic, Mirth, and Mortality: Musings on Black Motherhood Artist Panel Discussion with Dr. Martha Bireda, Shawana Brooks, and Dr. Lori Lee
The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum: Flagler College is hosting a panel discussion featuring writer and curator Shawana Brooks, scholar Dr. Martha Bireda (Blanchard House of African History and Culture), and Dr. Lori Lee (Flagler College). In conjunction with the exhibition “Magic, Mirth, and Mortality: Musings on Black Motherhood,” Dr. Bireda will present on slave breeding and the resistance of enslaved women. This will be followed by a discussion with Dr. Lee and Ms. Brooks. Dr. Lee’s work uses archaeology to clarify historical processes of structural racism in health practices and identity politics. Magic, Mirth, and Mortality is on view at the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center and the St. Augustine Historic Society from April 1 – 30, 2022. The exhibition is centered on Brooks’ during her pregnancy and the premature birth of her son Roosevelt, her “musings” will be shown alongside artwork by Cheryl McCain, Marsha Hatcher, and Tatiana Kitchen. The visual and literary component is supplemented with local and national statistics on infant and maternal mortality rates that demonstrates current inequities to healthcare access, and draws attention to the institutional bias that Black women continue to face. Using their archival collections, each venue historically contextualizes some of the contemporary inequities Black women experience. Funding for this program was partially provided through a Florida Humanities Community Project Grant in partnership with Flagler College. “Magic, Mirth, and Mortality: Musings on Black Motherhood” is also supported in part from grants from the St. Johns Cultural Council and The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.
Date/time: April 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Presented By:Dr. Martha Bireda, Director, Blanchard House of African History and Culture, Punta Gorda, Florida; Shawana Brooks, Founder and CEO 6ft Away, and Exhibiting Artist; Dr. Lori Lee, Associate Professor of Archeology and Anthropology, Flagler College;
Event Type:Combination of in-person and virtual/online