What to do and see at Wakandacon

More events will be posted soon. Stay tuned for more awesome programming!

Timing

Friday: Programming from 4pm - 8pm, Registration open at 3pm
Saturday: Programming from 11am - 8pm, Registration open at 10am
Sunday: Programming from 10am - 2pm, Registration open at 9am

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Mark Willis

Actor Mark Willis is coming home to appear at Wakandacon! He is originally from Oak Park, IL and graduated from Oak Park-River Forest High School. He was a part of Black Panther as a Jabari Warrior, and did stunts in the film. He has also appeared in a variety of shows such as Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Sirens, and Empire. Follow him on Twitter and IG at @marquillis33.

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Wakandacon Gaming Tournament

All weekend

Hosted by I Play Games!

We're excited to partner with I Play Games! to bring head-to-head video gaming to Wakandacon! I Play Games! was founded in 2009 by experienced video game promoter and tournament organizer Kevin Fair.

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Wakandacon Cosplay Contest

August 4, Evening

Get your costumes ready for Wakandacon's Cosplay contest! There will be three categories: Experienced Cosplay, Beginner Cosplay, and Afro-Fashion. The top three entrants in each category will win prizes! Stay tuned for additional details and information on how to register for the cosplay contest.

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Decolonizing Comedy

Decolonizing Comedy: The Official Wakandacon Comedy Show

August 2 starting at 7:30 PM

They all met and navigated the comedy scene in Chicago and now they've all went on to find major success and make major moves on stages across the world and in film & television. Featuring Chris Redd (SNL, Popstar, Netflix's Disjointed), Dewayne Perkins (Netflix's The Break with Michelle Wolf), Taneshian Rice (HBO, Kevin Hart Presents: The Next Level), Chicago's fave 3Peat Comedy (Comedy Central), Rashida "Sheedz" Olayiwola (HBO's Insecure), Kellye Howard (Comedy Central) with a special music performance by Aasia Lashay Bullock (Showtime's The Chi) and hosted Lisa Beasley (Comedy Central, ABC, NBC). Tickets are a separate purchase. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

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The Shuri Project by the Henry Williams Love Foundation

August 4 at 11:00 AM

Hosted by Kyla Williams

The Shuri Project by the Henry Williams Love Foundation is a six-week summer technology mentoring program for girls ages 8-12 with the goals of keeping them safe while building self-esteem and increasing their tech aptitude. We will bring our instructors and some of the girls in our program to co-present a workshop and do a live demo of the websites they have built.

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A young girl trying virtual reality

Come Explore Virtual Reality

All Weekend

Come try out Virtual Reality at Wakandacon! Explore a number of virtual games and worlds with state-of-the-art VR headsets. More information coming soon!

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Erika Alexander

Erika Alexander

Erika Alexander is best known for her roles as Pam Tucker on The Cosby Show and Maxine Shaw on Living Single. She has won numerous awards for her work on Living Single, including two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. Alexander has starred in season 2 of the Amazon original drama, Bosch, as Constance Irving. In 2017 she played Detective Latoya in the critically acclaimed horror film Get Out.

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Erika Alexander

Concrete Park's ‘Color the Future’ Presentation and Panel

August 4 at 2:00 PM

Hosted by Erika Alexander

This will be a discussion about the New Majority audience, its diversity, and the future of film, television and narrative storytelling. We will present an engaging Powerpoint presentation focused on the making of Erika’s graphic novel, Concrete Park. Erika and her creative partner, Tony Puryear, will provide their story within the context of being an outsider. The presentation is essentially a how-to-do-it-for-yourself guide. It is very interactive, participatory, fun, and educational.

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Erika Alexander

'Keep it Colorful' Workshop with Erika Alexander

August 4 at 5:30 PM

Hosted by Erika Alexander

Color Farm is launching a national crowdfunding rally called 'KEEP IT COLORFUL.' We've partnered with crowdfunding platform, Seed&Spark, and SVOD company, Black&. The goal of the rally is to get at least 50 digital series pilots, by creators of color, greenlit in 2018. bring the resources for great pitching, campaign building, and audience engagement to creators right where they are through a series of engaging, in-person workshops.

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Black Panther & Biomimicry: How to Innovate like Wakandans through Nature Inspired Design

August 3 at 4:00 PM

Hosted by Billy Almon

In this talk from designer and 'Storyteller of Nature’s Awesomeness' Billy Almon, learn more about Biomimicry, how it manifests in the Black Panther mythos, see real world examples, and discover how turning to nature for inspiration might help with your next project or venture.

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Dreaming of Black Ecologies

August 3 at 5:00 PM

Hosted by Chelsea Frazier and Michael Riley

Environmentalism (as a political project) has continued to erase Black women's voices. Join Chelsea Frazier and Michael Riley for a conversation about why Black women environmental visual artists, writers, and community organizers are consistently being erased or ignored in environmental conversations despite being on the front-lines as the first to respond to various environmental catastrophes.

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T'Challa vs. Killmonger: Exploring the Differences between the Diaspora and the African-American Experiences

August 4 at 11:00 AM

Hosted by Carla M. Kupe-Arion, Esq.

The dynamics between T'Challa and Killmonger depicted in Black Panther brought to the forefront a phenomenon that usually occurs in private circles or sometimes in academia: Oppression Olympics between African-born or Africans and American-born or "rooted" Black people. The differences in reactions to the movie have reignited a discussion this panel seeks to have.

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Cosplaying While Black

August 4 at 4:00 PM

Hosted by Chloe C. Mimms

The objective of this panel is to inform and educate all POC (person(s) of color) and non-POC the struggles and triumphs of being a POC cosplayer. We aim to break the stigma of identification of being a race bended vs. original character cosplays.

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Imagining Inclusive Futures

August 3 at 6:00 PM

Hosted by Sami Schalk

What kind of future do you want to live in? This panel of academics, activists and fans will address how creating and consuming speculative media, especially that created by and focused on marginalized people, can help us imaging more inclusive and just futures.

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Welcome to Wacoinda: Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Freedom

August 4 at 1:00 PM

Hosted by Lamar Wilson & Lafe Taylor

Come hear from blockchain fin-tech startup Hijro co-founders Lamar Wilson and Lafe Taylor, as they share their passion and energy around financial collaboration and cryptocurrencies. Using their experience at Hijro, their goal is to educate, inspire and cultivate discussions on the endless possibilities this technology can provide.

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Earn and Share Cryptocurrency at Wakandacon

All Weekend

Wakandacon partners with Wacoinda, the fastest growing economic group on Facebook devoted to the eradication of ecomonomic oppression everywhere! We will be highlighting Wacoinda’s "Garvey" as the Official Cryptocurrency of Wakandacon, and all attendees to Wakandacon will be able to learn about and earn the cryptocurrency for free. Click on "Learn More" below to discover more about crypto, learn how to get your own wallet, and prepare to earn and share Garveys at Wakandacon!

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Concept Design for Entertainment, ft. artists from Black Panther

August 4 at 4:00 PM

Hosted by Anthony Jones

A panel featuring concept artists from the film and game industry. These artists represent an ethnic minority in the game industry and have worked for companies like Marvel, Blizzard, Sony, Warner Bros, NetherRealms, Ensemble, Scientific Games, & Wizards of the Coast. Panelists include Jomaro Kindred, Anthony Jones, Thabiso Mhlaba, and costume designers from Black Panther Phillip Boutte Jr, and Marco Nelor.

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Live Art Demo: Featuring Marco Nelor or Jomaro Kindred

August 5 at 10:00 AM

Hosted by Anthony Jones

A live demonstration of an original character design using traditional means, via Paper, Pencil

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Design Process: Game Industry

August 3 at 4:00 PM

Hosted by Anthony Jones

Artists featured in this demonstration are Jomaro Kindred, and Anthony Jones. They will discuss the process of design in the game industry. Developing concepts to help with production and post production in game development. Show examples of concepts and how they make it to the final game through many rounds of iteration and feedback.

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Design Process: Film Industry

August 4 at 1:00 PM

Hosted by Anthony Jones

Artists featured in this demonstration are Phillip Boutte Jr, and Marco Nelor. They will discuss the process of design in the film industry. Working with directors and achieving the vision needed for the final product. Demonstrate how to gather reference, start the design process, and take it to completion.

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Using the Spirit of Black Panther to Promote Peace in the Hood

August 3 at 6:00 PM

Hosted by Clarence Hogan

Invoke the spirit of The Black Panther by recalling the contributions Black people have made to the world by looking to the past to learn more about our future. In turn, we hope to encourage participants to become Peace Makers that use STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) to promote peace in our communities.

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The Emergence of Afro-Futurism

August 4 at 12:00 PM

Hosted by Lando Tosaya

Afrofuturism: a transdisciplinary subgenre of Science Fiction, representing the changing relations of science as it pertained to African American history and future history. Starting with the Golden Age of Science Fiction in 1938, this panel aims to create an Afrofuturistic timeline from years past to current.

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STEM Panel Hosted by Negro Justice League

August 3 at 5:00 PM

Hosted by Dena Cherry-Brown

The Negro Justice League will be hosting a panel of young progressions working in various STEM fields such as epidemiology, pharmacy, and engineering. The purpose of the panel is to raise awareness about African Americans in STEM and provide information about different career fields.

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The Future of Black Directors

August 4 at 4:00 PM

Hosted by Maurice D. Proffit

The forum will consist of a variety of local Black artists in the Chicagoland Arts Community. We'll discuss our starts, our journeys, issues that we deal with, being our own brand ambassadors, and what is in store for the future for Black director/brand ambassadors.

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Illustrating Wakanda

August 3 at 4:00 PM

Hosted by Jabril Power

Lecture and Artist Demonstration. How politics affect Black identity in Art.

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Crowdfunding Wakanda

August 5 at 10:00 AM

Hosted by Dr. Letitia Wright

This panel explores what crowdfunding is and how to use the 6 different types of crowdfunding to start and grow businesses. Learn how crowdfunding can be used to financially empower the entire community when used with a business-minded perspective.

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The Lando Calrissian Experience Podcast

August 4 at 1:00 PM

Hosted by Darryl Frierson

A movie, comics, anime, and gamer podcast that loves and honors the first black man in space Lando Calrissian.

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The Monster Panel

August 4 at 12:00 PM

Hosted by Jeff Carroll

The Monster Panel is traveling sci-fi panel which has the energy of a Hip Hop event. It is a fun, entertaining and informative panel of Science Fiction creators who discuss the stories behind the big happenings in the world of Sci-fi. Television, movies, comics, video games and books will be a part of the conversation.

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Geekset Podcast

August 4 at 6:00 PM

Hosted by Rudy Strong

Geekset Podcast is the only podcast that blends Hip-Hop & Geek Culture. Geekset Podcast presents a live recording from the event, as well as a deeper dive into the lore of Black Panther, Wakanda, Black Heroes in comics, what's to come and fan questions.

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Uppity Negress Podcast

August 4 at 2:00 PM

Hosted by Cassandra Osei

Representation Matters. Our program facilitates a guided discussion on popular stereotypes and archetypes of Black women in mainstream media. The themes of our discussion include combating negative imagery, respectability politics, and reclaiming our own narratives.

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Write to the Future

August 4 at 11:00 AM

Hosted by Billy Tuggle

We'll explore Afro-Futurism through poetry and the spark of creative writing. Billy Tuggle is a writer, performance poet, slam champion and HipHop culturalist. He has been published under such imprints as Puddinhead Press/Fractal Edge Press; Write Bloody Publishing; Freezeray Press; and Thoughtcrime Press. His book 'The Way of the B-Boy' is a collection of poems, mediations and a curriculum sketch of and for HipHop culture.

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Black Filmmaking Today

August 4 at 3:00 PM

Hosted by Lawrence Lee Wallace

Black Filmmaking in Hollywood. The challenges and the solutions. From independent to big budget, a panel of 5 people from different aspects of the film and TV industry. Director Lawrence Lee Wallace, Actor Eric Lane, Actress/writer Cynda Williams, Casting Director Angela Cobb, and National Diabetes Spokesperson and TV personality Anita Nicole Brown. Moderated by Radio Host Cabrly Breotti, this panel will give you the information and insight you need to make it while Black in Hollywood.

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STEM, Entrepreneurship & Wealth in the Black Community

August 3 at 5:00 PM

Hosted by Aja McClanahan

Aja McClanahan, Quilen Blackwell, Toni Husbands and 2-3 other panelists (TBD) of the Chicago EcoHouse talk about technological advances in the inner-city (Chicago’s south side community of Englewood) that focus on entrepreneurship through STEM initiatives and financial literacy.

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Sisterhood through the Wakandan Lens: Nakia & Okoye & Nettie & Celie

August 3 at 5:00 PM

Hosted by Leslie Mac

Join this panel of dope Black women discussing how sisterhood showed up on the big screen in Black Panther and the links between these connections between Black women in pop culture and media extend into our real lives as Sisters in the fight for Black Liberation.

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Queerkanda

August 4 at 12:00 PM

Hosted by Eris Eady

A conversation about the impact of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression on blackness both state side and abroad.

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Paradigm Grey

August 4 at 5:00 PM

Hosted by Christopher Adams

Welcome to the Shift: How PARADIGM GREY brought together 5 Black production companies to create a sci-fi universe on film. We will showcase clips from the movie as well as several micro shorts completed for our viral marketing campaign and a discussion with the Filmmakers and some of the actors involved.

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Cynda Williams

Cynda Williams is an actress, known for One False Move (1992), and Mo’ Better Blues (1990). Singer of the hit song "Harlem Blues." She is also the author of the book Pink Pantie Confessions. She plays Detective Elaine in the film Pieces of David (2018).

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Eric Lane

Best known for R. Kelly's hip-hopera, Trapped in the Closet, as the character Twan, from Chapter 7 and on. He also appeared in the 2006 film Waist Deep with Tyrese and is the main character in the 2014 short film Night Thrasher:RAVE, based on the Marvel comics superhero character Night Thrasher. He currently plays the role of Frank, in the Fox television series Rel as well as the character Black Magnum from the Amazon.com series The Girls & Rodney.

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Anita Nicole Brown

Actress on various commercials, movies and TV shows, such as film The Gag Date, where she also serves as Producer, and Pieces of David where she plays the character Diane. She is also the spokesperson for Type One Diabetes.

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Angela Cobb

Co-owner of Deep Productions Studios. She is a writer and casting director whose credits include Pieces of David, London Mitchell's Christmas, and Black Privilege.

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Lawrence Lee Wallace

Founder of the film and TV Production company Deep Productions Studios, CORP. Works include Marvel Comics Night Thrasher:RAVE, Amazon’s The Girls & Rodney, and the animated film Malevolent, starring the voices of Morena Baccarin (Gotham, Deadpool) and William Shatner (Star Trek and more).

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Wakandacon Cards Hour

Date and Time TBD

Play cards with your fellow Wakandans of all ages. Hearts, spades, or whatever you like! We've got the cards and tables - you bring a partner or find one here. Note: no gambling allowed. This is just for fun!

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3Peat: Paying To Play Improv

3Peat: Paying To Play

August 4 at 5:00 PM

Tired of each being the only minority in their shows, the group came together to create their own brand of comedy that fits their high energy and experiences. Join this collective of Black Excellence for an open discussion and Q&A to learn more about their experience with touring, writing and performing in television, film, and on stage across the world.

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Dance Characters

Dance Characters

Date and Time TBD

Dance Characters prides itself on creating tender, memorable moments with families by providing professionally and/or extensively trained dancers to entertain guests through interactive dance, music, games, and fun. Dance Characters was founded by an inner city youth who had dreams of spreading smiles through the magic of dance. Come meet, dance, and play with them in Wakandacon's Kid's Room!

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Geoffrey Grier

SF Recovery Theatre with Geoffrey Grier

August 4 at TBD

Geoffrey will perform an inter generational monologue that covers the current and past socio/political crisis we find ourselves in; based on the trials and tribulations of Huey P Newton. This will be followed by Q&A along with a solution directed discussion.

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Kenyatta Forbes

Games as Social Justice

August 3 at 6:00 PM

Hosted by Kenyatta Forbes

This panel brings together experts in the social justice and gaming to discuss the impact gaming has on raising awareness, changing behavior, or other inequalities. How might gaming be a tool for social, political, and cultural change? Join the conversation with these panelists as they share their work and take questions from the audience.

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Kenyatta Forbes

Black Women Entrepreneurs in the Gaming Industry

August 4 at 4:00 PM

Hosted by Kenyatta Forbes

Join us as we discuss the journey of entrepreneurship, challenges and wins, and the power of one of the fastest growing entrepreneurial segments in the nation: Black women entrepreneurs. Dive into how women of color are changing the landscape of gaming and reaching an untapped market.

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Lisa Beasley

Representation In Media: How serious is Hollywood about Diversity & Inclusion

August 4 at 1:00 PM

Hosted by Lisa Beasley

Diversity in Media: An honest conversation about representation in Hollywood presented by The Nova Collective. Is Hollywood serious about it's commitment to Diversity & Inclusion? How are creators taking the conversation of inclusion into their own hands by building spaces and opportunities for other's othered? Join us for an open discussion with these entertainent industry professionals that are challenging the status quo.

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Next Big Thing

August 4 at 7:00 PM

Hosted by Courtney & Dara

2 dope techies bring their live show to Chicago with plenty #blackgirlmagic spotlightting #millennials of color in media tech & entrepreneurship

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Allison Manswell

Recreating Wakanda: Leveraging the Black Panther Movie as a Community Building Tool

August 4 at 7:00 PM

Hosted by Allison Manswell

This session takes a deep dive into the Black Panther movie as a tool toleverage the messages and momentum as a movement to build our community. Specifically, it addresses themes related to our communities, our careers, and our relationships. Participants are provided with individual actions, partnering strategies and community activities that can be implemented on a small scale to generate significant impact.

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Nancy E. Douyon

Leveraging Your Blackness to Scale Products for Future Growth

August 5 at 10:00 AM

Hosted by Nancy E. Douyon

Every design decision has the potential to include or exclude customers. Global Research emphasizes the contribution that understanding user diversity makes to informing these decisions, and thus to including as many people as possible. User diversity covers variation in capabilities, needs and aspirations. How can we influence product teams around the world, to design and test in black and brown communities? In this talk, I'll discuss how we use Global Research in underrepresented communities to prioritize what product teams really need to build well and understand if their designs have relative ease of use that translates well to non-US users. Our Global Research priorities addresses some of the most challenging problems facing our global users today.

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Taylor Cisco

99 Problems but a Pitch Ain't One

August 4 at 3:00 PM

Hosted by Taylor Cisco

So you've got a great idea, shot a video, wrote a comic/novel... now what? The modern age has a strong DIY ethos. You don't have to wait for the opportunities to get your work to the masses- but you do have to work. Learn about prepping, packaging, and presenting your content to the right people, at the right outlets, in the right way.

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A. McNeal

Black Tech Across the Planet

August 5 at 11:00 AM

Hosted by A. McNeal

How to Build Black Tech Across the Planet, everyday black people are learning, leveraging and becoming innovators in technology. In this panel we will unlock the secret to unleashing the economic potential of our communities by building wealth in Black Tech.

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Keisha Howard

Turning your Geek Passion into Your Profession

August 4 at 3:00 PM

Hosted by Keisha Howard

Are you a Super Geek and having a hard time finding your passion in the REAL WORLD? Well you are in luck! We have assembled a group of panelists that have turned their geek passions into their profession and we want to help you do the same. We want to answer questions like - "How do I promote my skills?," "Where are the best places to network besides Comic and Video Game meetups?" and "What are some of the overlapping skills that as a geek - gives me a competitive advantage?"

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Marseille Allen

Flint, Michigan: Making Environmental Racism Part of Black Lives Matter Agenda

August 5 at 11:00 AM

Hosted by Marseille Allen

The water crisis in Flint is part of a history of environmental racism targeting African American communities. From air pollution to toxic dumping, environmental racism has killed and is killing our people. Flint residents Dr. Kent Key, and activists Marseille Allen and Nayyirah Shariff will provide raw, first-hand narrative of the impact of the Flint Water crisis and how the people of Flint are mobilizing to protect their families. Attendees will learn tools to identify environmental racism affecting their communities and what to do about it.

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CMASJ

Activism Button Making w/ Children's Museum of Art and Social Justice

All Weekend

Dedicated to exhibiting the artwork of youth alongside working artists in order to promote social change. Join CMASJ as they lead attendees in creating activism buttons that raise awareness for a cause in order to push for change. Participants will be encouraged to use their creativity to design and reflect on social issue that they are most passionate about.

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CMASJ

Earth 2 art installation from Springtime on Neptune exhibition w/ CMASJ

All Weekend

The Children's Museum of Art and Social Justice presents Earth 2: a series of drawings created by artists, ages 7-15, of their imagined futuristic worlds. Students participated in discussions around the distant future- what would people wear? Where would they live? How would they get around? How might people relate with one another? The act of such intense imagining alters not just the possibilities of what can be far in the future, but also helps us see what we can alter in our current world as well. The sourced images that served as a starting point for the artists are from Nasa's images archive.

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The Academy Group

The Academy Group Panel

August 3 at 4:00 PM

Hosted by The Academy Group

The Academy Group is a unique social enterprise that leverages earned revenue from financial investments to create world-class opportunities for young people from the nation's most resilient communities. More information coming soon!

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