What the Reconstruction Amendments Mean to Me
Friday, October 21 at approximately 9 p.m.
Bagley Wright Theater
Join scholar and community educator AJ Musewe in a special post-show talk about the Reconstruction Amendments through a Black perspective.
In this brief but comprehensive 30-minute talk, AJ will cover how the Reconstruction Amendments came to be and what those amendments mean to Black people in the past and today. She will discuss some of the ways in which Black activists were part of shaping this country even before the Constitution. The talk will highlight Mum Bett, a Black woman whose landmark lawsuit, Brom and Bett v. Ashley (1781), found slavery to be inconsistent with the Massachusetts State Constitution. Join us as we explore what the Constitution means to Black communities, through the lens of freedom, immigration, and history. And consider how the Constitution is used as a weapon as well as a form of protection throughout history and today.
Meet the Speaker
As a self-identifying perpetual student, AJ often views herself as a historical scavenger hunter who uncovers unknown history and history that is known but falsely taught; always searching and learning from different avenues allows her to bring a fresh perspective to civic and historical conversations and makes the daunting feeling of learning history a little easier. In addition to that, supporting and advocating for Black women, Beyoncé (does one need more than the name Beyoncé as an explanation?), and laughter with her best friends are high on the list of priorities. When AJ’s bucket is filled, she finds self-care and the will to continue her fight in community, therapy, and comic books. If all else fails, dismantling systems that keep people of the global majority in cycles of generational misfortune tends to brighten the mood. A lot.
AJ’s podcast Battle Fatigue: https://www.larjmedia.com/battlefatigue
AJ’s article for Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer: https://www.seattlerep.org/about-us/inside-seattle-rep/fight-like-fannie-lou/