Wednesday, October 25
Renaissance Park 909
Come and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Africana Studies at Northeastern with Dr. AK Wright! Dr AK Wright is a Jamaican first-generation healer-scholar. Situated in Black feminist thought, queer and trans studies, and carceral studies, their research explores communal healing justice approaches to carceral abolition. Their book project, Embodied Abolition: Healing Justice, Black Feminism and Ending Carcerality, investigates how Black individuals communally and intimately live, resist, and care amid carceral forces.
Dr. Wright will discuss a portion of their research for the project that investigated how Black queer and trans healing justice facilitators in Minneapolis “held space” to care for Black people, to address generational traumas, and to strategize pathways to radical social change. Their work conveys that the social life and organizing of Black queer and trans people generates alternative pathways of being and knowing that construct abolitionist possibilities that do not involve the carceral state for redressing harm, and that allows for healing.