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Church of Black Feminist Thought: Ntozake Shange

  • Ashara Ekundayo Gallery 480 23rd Street Oakland, CA, 94612 United States (map)
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The Church Of Black Feminist Thought is a monthly gathering that celebrates and studies the work of Black feminist thinkers. 

September's thinker is Ntozake Shange. Please RSVP by next Friday the 21st at, 2 days before gathering--thanks!

Please note that this month's meeting has been moved to September 23, the fourth Sunday of the month.

15 of us are going to see Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf being performed by the African-American Shakespeare Company on 9/22 at 8pm @ the Taube Atrium Theater (401 Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor San Francisco, CA, 94102→ nearest BART is Civic Center). If you want to catch it on any of these dates:

Saturday, September 15 at 8pm

Sunday, September 16 at 3pm

Saturday, September 22 at 8pm

Sunday, September 23 at 3pm

Saturday, September 29 at 8pm


It was wonderful to see folks last month for our study of saidiya hartman! If you want to check out the notes from small group study, check them out here.

*here's what we're envisioning the 3 hours will look like:

First 30 mins//arriving, mingling with food, dancing

Second 30 mins//embodied meditation

Third 30 mins//invocation for this month's theorists & setting the stage

Fourth 30 mins//small group study

Fifth 30 mins//share back/discussion/freewrite

Sixth 30 mins//regrounding

we want to emphasize that our study group is about engaging with the work of black feminist thinkers in ways that move beyond just reading and writing. so, you are in no way required to read or print anything in advance. that said, we still want to share materials by the thinkers we'll be studying. In the folder we created, Sep 2018 Ntozake Shange, is her famous choreopoem For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf and a play inspired by Shakespeare called Hydraulics Phat Like Mean. Below you’ll also find some beautiful footage of her co-performing a choreopoem titled “What Does It Mean That Black Folks Can Dance.”

please bring:

  • food/drinks to share

  • your own utensils and plate if possible

  • some containers for leftovers

  • a notebook/journal and writing utensils that inspire you

  • all of you