topic 7: Committing to black liberation

Welcome and Introduction

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1. Orient participants to Black liberation.

2. Introduce key edges/intersections of Black liberation.

3. Introduce ways to support Black liberation through teaching, research, and service/advocacy.'

4. Support our brave community of anti-racist scholars in imagining futures of Black liberation.



​1. Learn definitions and trajectory of Black liberation movements in the academy.

  •  Learn practices of BiPOC and white resistance within the academy

  • Understand how Black feminism and womanism shape Black liberation

  • Identify how Black queer and trans liberation are core to Black liberation

  • Commit to supporting Black liberation in academia through research, teaching, and service/advocacy

2. Commit to supporting Black liberation in academia through research, teaching, and

3. Dream, vision, imagine futures of Black liberation in the academy.

4. Express gratitude and financial support for the labor engaged by Black liberation
movements like A4BL.

Training Video 

1. Start the day by watching the welcome video from Dr. Della Mosley and Pearis Bellamy.
2. Play the training video which consists of ongoing dialogue and reflection on videos from
Pearis Bellamy, Della Mosley, Anneliese Singh, and Chris Busey. As you watch the video
pause when indicated and reflect in your daily journal.
3. Take a break.
For the following activities, you will need your CV, recent publications or drafts of
publications, and course syllabi from recent or forthcoming classes.
4. Watch the video entitled “Committing to the Work.” This is an introductory video meant
to spark critical thought about your day 7 activities. After watching the video engage
with the following activities.

Committing to the Work -

Focusing within the Academy

CV Annotation: Extraction and Accumulation
Go through a draft of your most recent CV with the concepts of extraction and accumulation as
analytic tools. As you reflect on your writing, grants, teaching, service, workshops,
accomplishments etc., annotate in the margins of your CV how your research and teaching have
resulted in accumulation and extraction? Then answer the following questions. In what ways
has the academy accumulated from your work? What shifts in your approaches to research and
teaching are necessary to engage in practices that refuse accumulation and extraction? What
does committing to the work of liberation require from you moving forward?

Cite Black Women
Read Twitter hashtag - #citeasista

as well as the Cite Black Women Collective website and Twitter hashtag.
Revisit a recent and/or forthcoming publication or piece of scholarship that you are working on.
Go through your citation list and examine your citational practices. In what ways do you cite
Black women’s work, but also engage with Black women’s ideas throughout your writing? Then
reflect on the following questions. Which BiPOC scholars do you regularly cite in your research?
Who are the BiPOC scholars you are missing, and who are the BiPOC scholars challenging the
white and western roots of your discipline? How can you cite more BiPOC scholars in your
research and mentor students to do the same?

Decolonize Your Syllabus
For the final activity, try to annotate at least two of your recent course syllabi. Examine your
course assignments and course reading list with particular attention to how you center Black
women and Black queer scholars in your teaching.

Use the adapted checklist entitled: Decolonizing My Syllabus Checklist

Finally, review crowd-sourced, Black-centered syllabi below to spark ways you can revise one of
your Fall syllabi:

Radical Healing Syllabus

Committing to the Work
As the Academics4BlackLives program has come to an end, we know that the work for Black
liberation does not stop here. Numerous scholars and students are using this moment to
advocate for Black Studies and Ethnic Studies programs at their respective universities. Scholars
and students are also advocating for structural changes in hiring, retention,

promotional practices, relationships with the police, and more.

We encourage you to join collectives in your university spaces to advocate for these
structural changes, and where they might not exist, reach out to scholars to establish a
collective to do so.


Closing Speech

Until Black Liberation Is Realized

Recap: Final Remix Roundtable

In the final roundtable of the A4BL Rewind and Remix, Pearis Bellamy, Dr. Della V. Mosley, and A4BL Core Team members reflect on the first two months of Academics for Black Survival and Wellness and discuss our visions for the future of the movement. Be sure to watch the "rewind" of the closing speech prior to this Remix Roundtable.

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Supplemental Resources

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