05-05 The Roots and Rootedness of Black Geographies: Where Homes Are Made and Futures Are Grown

Withdrawn, 10/27: Seeds of Hills and Hollows: Journeying Home through My Great-Grandmother’s Garden by Amber Chevaughn Johnson (University of Maryland, College Park).

Friday, November 03, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Studio Suite

This live event will not be recorded.

Sponsored by the AFS Cultural Diversity Committee, the African American Folklore Section

Chair: Rossina Zamora Liu (University of Maryland, College Park)

10:30 am
Seeds of Hills and Hollows: Journeying Home through My Great-Grandmother’s Garden
Amber Chevaughn Johnson (University of Maryland, College Park)

10:45 am
Recipes for When Freedom Ain’t Enough: The Oral Histories of Black Women through Time and Food
Cambria Myelle Conley (University of Maryland, College Park)

11:00 am
A Creation Story of Haiti and Lincoln Park: Intergenerational Construction of Maryland’s Black Geography
Taylor Lewis (University of Maryland, College Park)

11:15 am
Phyllis M. May-Machunda (Notable Folklorists of Color Lead Curator)

Four Black women offer critical autoethnographic reflections on Black livingness, knowledge-making, and homeplace through stories about neighborhoods, southern rural life, family gardens, passed-down recipes, and intergenerational rituals of care. Together, their stories are microcosms of the Black American reality—they are uncommonly stories of how race and blackness function in this country. Through their stories, the women illuminate the humanity of the ordinary—the rootedness of Black geographies, land, and homeplace. The panel opens with remarks from the chair, followed by four beautiful stories of remembrance, reflections from the discussant, and storytelling engagements with the audience.