COURSES AND WORKSHOPS
Racism, sexism, patriarchy, generational trauma, other folks’ emotional immaturity, toxic theology … These things weigh on us. They try to steal our self-love and self-worth. They try to silence us. They try to block joy, pleasure, and general well-being from our lives. As part of my resistance to all that, I created the Black Womanhood (Re-) Affirmation Project.
Originally called “Black Womanhood Revival,” the Black Womanhood (Re-)Affirmation project is a course and workshop program that builds radical self-love in and reaffirms the resilience of Black women, women of color, and other participants utilizing literature, writing, and dance that center Black women’s experiences.
The knowledge I’ve gained through studying writing, dance, Pan African Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and Religious Studies helped catalyze my personal transformation, to confront past hurts and damaging beliefs, know the ways I need to be cared for, love myself fiercely, and build sisterhood. With this knowledge, I feel empowered to work in community with others to address ancestral memory, generational trauma, religion, shame, sexuality, and healing. Ancestors Toni Cade Bambara, Maya Angelou, Ntozake Shange, Toni Morrison, and others proved we can re-member, (re-)consider these issues, and find peace within ourselves. I do my best to follow these legendary Black writers and dancers as I use my art to illuminate the journey towards freedom and wholeness.
To attend a workshop, host one for your organization or group, or inquire about my workshop content or process, please contact me.
Current and Upcoming Classes
Beginning April 13, 2020 – Liberation Through Literature: Black Women Writing for Self-Knowledge and Self-Love @ Nick Virgilio Writers House, Camden, NJ
Build self-love, unlearn self-hate, and add the wisdom of black women writers to your healing toolbox with this four-part writing workshop. This safe space for black women and other women of color will allow you to build community while (re-)discovering authors like Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Tressie McMillan-Cottom, and you. Registration is open — visit http://bit.ly/LiberationThroughLit to secure your seat now!
Ongoing: Dance Fitness @ West Philly YMCA. Call 215-476-2700 for details.
By request only: Girl Power Theater – The Choreopoem
In this workshop, we’ll use theater and dance to help girls ages 9+ uplift and express their identities. Using inspirational texts from Jacqueline Woodson and Ntozake Shange, we’ll use our words, voices, and bodies to create a short choreopoem. Mighty Writers facilitates scheduling for this workshop, so contact their Education Director, Rachel Loeper, at 267-403-4142, to request this workshop for girls at your school, place of worship, community center, or other organization.
"I am able to accept myself even more. I appreciate Mariam 'giving back'; sure, I have taken some college courses along the way, but this could be shared with the 'uneducated' as well."