with Dr. Melva Sampson
Historically, Black bodies in North America are contested terrain upon which racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, homophobia, capitalism and militarism wreak debilitating havoc. Therefore, Black lives and subsequently Black bodies have weathered and weather the liminal space of questionable existence and certain death in the church and public sphere. This course explores womanist proclamation, a Black feminist practice of truth telling, wisdom bearing and justice seeking that is identified via the radical inclusion of marginalized voices, as an embodied rhetorical and theological act of resistance. Through the carving out of sacred spaces, the course will examine how Black women and girls use speech (performed word) and movement (embodied word) to intentionally disrupt popular terrains where Black bodies are literally and metaphorically disembodied. Ultimately, the course theorizes that womanist proclamation is a means through which Black women’s bodies generate and transmit spiritual power from traditional and alternative pulpits and sources to unfetter themselves and their communities form the vestiges of interlaced oppressive systems.
Ministerial Studies Requirement: Proclamation
Saturday, September 30 at 8:30am to 4:30pm
Wingate Hall, Room 201
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106