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News and updates from around the Ujima Ecosystem.

Ujima Launches Liberation Study Hall, Annual Ujima Wednesdays Theme

In honor of the 60th anniversary of the transformative Freedom Schools of 1964, the Boston Ujima Project proudly presents "Liberation Study Hall," a year-long exploration of historical figures, schools of thought, experiments and sites that have contributed to shaping our contemporary movements and global landscape. You can register for our upcoming workshops on our Events page.

Preview our Spring workshops below:

Feb | All Dem Boys: Rustin Film Talk Back

Join us for a film screening and group discussion of "Rustin," a 2023 American biographical drama directed by George C. Wolfe. The film dives into the life and organizing practice of Bayard Rustin, a prominent Civil Rights activist celebrated for his role as a key strategist of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Mar | Disability Politics & Policy

In this workshop series, scholars and activists excavate the histories and futures of the disability justice movement from the 1970s to the present. From the Black Panther Party's community survival programs, aiding to the needs of elders and disabled kin, as well as actions, such as the 504 Sit-In, leading up to the historic passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990 and beyond.

Apr & May | Fugitivity 101: Escape, Exit, Exodus

In contemporary discourse, a growing body of narratives have emerged around themes of fugitivity, petit and grand marronage, frequently referring to escape from racial violence in the pre-emancipation period. Scholars and cultural critics often frame these concepts in the past tense, neglecting the present legacy of fugitive practices, such as education, cooperative infrastructures, migration, and abolition.

In this series of workshops, we will explore recent historical events and current practices of fugitivity and marronage, focusing on sites of transformation, mobility, and possibility. We examine these practices through the perspective of fugitivity as a tool for envisioning and creating new worlds.


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