Last June I attended the Evolutionary Leadership Graduate Workshop on Cortes Island in British Columbia. Evolutionary leadership is, at its core, about bringing a project or a dream into the world for the purpose of moving us, as a species, into right relationship with each other and the land we’re on. By doing so, we ensure our transformation and ultimately our survival. Our projects are anchored by a framework of experimentation and iteration. This is my experiment.
An Apocalypse in Roxbury
In 1979, 11 young black women were murdered in Roxbury and Dorchester in as many weeks. The murders in concert with racial tensions, displacement and economic divestment in the neighborhood created conditions for Black women that we would consider to be apocalyptic. Each of these young women were murdered under different circumstance by different men. In contrast, these conditions also served as fertile ground for the birth of the Combahee River Collective Statement which serves as the foundation analysis for what we now call intersectionality has given us the formula for how to move closer to liberation. My hope is to highlight that endings, like the one in Roxbury, can and have served as a entryways to the creation of a new world. I believe, these installations will allows us to locate ourselves in our lineage, re-learn how to imagine and implement small experiments that can shift the course of our history forever and I’m hoping you can help us do that!
The Estuary Projects
We’re in a time right now where everything seems to be on coming undone and as a movement, we’re spending a disproportionate and necessary amount of time putting out fires and resisting the systems of oppression we have to navigate every day. This project is an invitation, for people who want to spend time thinking about, playing with and helping cultivate life affirming systems. How will we use these endings as beginnings? What new ecosystems will we leave behind? How will we respond to this moment with the creative vision and spiritual audacity necessary to thrive? [click here for an example]
This phase of the project is focused on honoring the lives of these women through installations that will be erected at the location where they were found on the 40th anniversary of their deaths. [If you know these women or know any surviving family members please contact me here]
- Christine (Chris) Ricketts, 15
- Andrea Foye, 17
- Gwendolyn Yvette Stinson,15
- Caren Prater, 25
- Daryal Ann Hargett, 29
- Desiree Denise Etheridge, 17
- Darlene Rogers, 22
- Lois Hood Nesbitt, 31
- Valyric Holland, 19
- Sandra Boulware, 30
- Bobbie Jean Graham, 34
By supporting this project you wont just be bringing these installations to life but you'll also be helping cultivate our collective memory in the service of strengthening our collective imagination.
Remember. Imagine. Experiment.
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Risks and challenges
some challenges in completing this project will be the timeline. each of the installations is scheduled in close proximity to the other. I'll be working with a team of people and over two dozen volunteers to put them all together in hopes of alleviating this challenge.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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