Can readings of James Baldwin bring us greater self-awareness?
Join Dr Michelle Yaa Asantewa to explore new perspectives on James Baldwin’s writing in the context of an ancient African philosophy observed by spiritual practitioners of the Yoruba Ifa spiritual system.
Baldwin was the self-affirmed ‘witness’ of the personal and collective injustices endured by Africans in America. This talk and discussion will cover how readings of Baldwin open the way for critical self-evaluation by challenging us to examine our lives, our humanity and our struggles to survive.
Dr Michelle Yaa Asantewa is an independent scholar and writer. She collaborates with Tony Warner of Black History Walks and is co-facilitator of ‘The Amazing James Baldwin’ Course. Her first novel ‘Elijah,’ about a 15-year old boy’s search for cultural identity, and ‘The Awakening,’ a collection of poems, were published in 2014. ‘Guyanese Komfa: the ritual art of Trance, Something Buried in the yard,’ and her second novel, ‘Mama Lou Tales: a folkloric biography of a Guyanese Elder,’ were both published in July 2016.
Image: Jack Whitten, Black Monolith I, A Tribute to James Baldwin, 1988
© Jack Whitten
Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth
Photo: Genevieve Hanson