Program of Events

Saturday, February 1, 2020

César Chávez Student Center

Click on the links below or visit our Featured Participants page to explore more about each participant!

8 am

Continental Breakfast

Provided by Brenda's French Soul Food

9 am

Opening Ceremony and Blessing of Space Atrium Main Stage

Keynote by Saidiya Hartman

10 am

The Global Legacy of Slavery Atrium Main Stage

A conversation on the global legacy of slavery featuring Stephanie Jones-Rogers, Carlos Munõzand Ugo Nwokeji.

11 am

VèVè Clark Dedication | Atrium Main Stage and Writing Program Lounge

12 pm


Provided by Smokin Woods BBQ

1 pm

Unapologetically Black: Thriving in the Face of Anti-Blackness | Atrium Main Stage

A conversation on anti-blackness featuring Sid Reel, Marco Lindsey, Billy Curtis, Kin Folkz, and Kyndall Dowell.

2 pm

“Breaking Our Collective Silence”: A Conversation about Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon | 113
Panelists: Deborah Plant and Sarah Vaughn

Black Health and Wellness | 242
Panelists: Gwen AllenMichelle Clark, Sherilynn CookeMarco Lindsey

Meditation and Movement | 151
Workshop Leader: Sifu William Lewis

3 pm

Black Resilience in the Era of Mass Incarceration | Chávez 242
Panelists: Azahara Carter, Raymond Banks, Aaron Harvey, Cheyenne Overall, Jabar Watson

Music as Social Activism | Chávez 113
Panelists: Kim NalleyWaldo Martin, Anthony Brown, Mark Wilson

Deborah Plant on Writing & Mentorship: An Intimate Conversation | Chávez 141

Meditation and Movement | Chávez 151
Workshop Leader: Sifu William Lewis

4 pm

Honoring Black Legacy, Embodying Black Excellence | Atrium Main Stage

A conversation on Black intellectual legacy at Berkeley and beyond featuring Takiyah Franklin, Russell Ellis, Daphne Muse, Regina Jackson, and Lanikque Howard.

5 pm

Closing Ceremony

Featuring a performance by jazz vocalist Kim Nalley and pianist Tammy Hall.