Join scholar and community educator AJ Musewe in a special post-show talk about holiday celebrations through a Black perspective.
In this brief but comprehensive 30-minute talk, AJ will cover what Christmas and New Year's Eve mean to Black people in the past and today. Learn more about how these traditional winter holidays in the United States are tied to the Emancipation Proclamation and a sense of annual renewal. We will also explore holiday customs in Black communities, through the cultural lens of food, religious expression, and historical events including Watch Night. Watch Night, or "Freedom's Eve," marks when Black people across the country watched and waited for the news of freedom on the night of December 31, 1862. Join us to reflect upon these treasured traditions and the impactful history that accompany these customs.
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.