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Thursday, June 15 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Welcome Plenary: Past, Present, Futurism

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Food and refreshments available starting at 6:00pm. Plenary begins at 7:30pm.

For many places, including Detroit, the year 1967 has become a symbol of uprising and violence, of possibilities for transformation, but rarely of healing. In Detroit, the absence of healing, truth and reconciliation around the events of 1967 is a defining feature of our cultural and political landscape, constricting what we can become. Drawing on the wisdom of Detroit movement elder Shea Howell, sonic healer Sterling Toles, and time-traveler poet Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, this plenary will chart visions of a future that are grounded in the complexity of the present and the past.

Live performance by Bandelero and light refreshments will be offered. Directly following, be sure head over to the One Mile x AMC2017 after party hosted by the Detroit Culture Council. Shuttles will be offered from WSU campus and hotels to the plenary and after party.

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Tawana Petty (she/her)

Director, Data Justice Program, Detroit Community Technology Project
Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty is a mother, author, poet and social justice organizer. She serves as Data Justice director for the Detroit Community Technology Project and co-leads Our Data Bodies. She is an antiracism facilitator with Detroit Equity Action Lab and a Digital Civil Society... Read More →


Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a time traveller and space cadet, somehow your cousin and a community cherished Black feminist scholar, author, artist and educator.  She is the author of Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity, a co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front... Read More →
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Shea Howell

National Council of Elders
Shea Howell is a Detroit based activist and writer with the Boggs Center, Detroit Independent Freedom Schools, and Riverwise Magazine. She is a member of the National Council of Elders and is a professor of communication at Oakland University.

Sterling Toles

Sterling Toles is a sonic and visual artist who emerged from Detroit's hip hop scene. He attended the College for Creative Studies, where he received a BFA in Illustration. Seeing the creative process as the seed of collective healing, his personal creativity has led him to work with... Read More →

Thursday June 15, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
The Jam Handy 2900 E Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202