How can we engage in activist work in a way that builds us, rather than burns us out? In this interactive session, Drs. Richmond Wynn and Tru Leverette will share practices toward emotional, physical, and mental self-care for those working for social justice.
Tru Leverette is an Associate Professor of English at UNF, where she teaches African-American literature and serves as director of Africana Studies. Her research interests broadly include race, gender, and identity in literature and culture. Her edited collection With Fists Raised: Radical Art, Contemporary Activism, and the Iconoclasm of the Black Arts Movement will be published in June by Liverpool University Press, and her current book project--The Mindful Classroom: Constructive Conversations on Race, Identity, and Social Justice-- is under contract with Lexington Books. Additionally, she is a 500-hour certified yoga teacher who has had a dedicated yoga and meditation practice since 2005.
Richmond Wynn is an Associate Professor in the Brooks College of Health whose research focuses on intersectionality of identity, traumatic stress, and health outcomes with an emphasis on marginalized social identity groups. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Florida and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Addictions Professional in the State of Florida. He is specifically interested in the ways in which culturally diverse, lesbian, gay,
About The Justice Sessions: As people everywhere confront injustice, Duval faces its own limiting legacies. James Weldon Johnson, Zora Neale Hurston, and Toni Morrison all noted what Johnson called “the shame of this city.” But Jacksonville remains a place with incredible cross-cultural history and untapped potential. To move past our anxieties and divisiveness, we must look ourselves in the mirror, study what we see across time, and affirm with fresh feeling and knowledge that black lives matter. Thus, “The Justice Sessions,” steps toward respect in Bold City.