Symposium The Art of Becoming Black in America

includes two panel discussions, in which researchers, practitioners, and artists provide the contextual framework for attendees to consider the role that creative arts practices have functioned as both potent literacies of resistance for marginalized communities--particularly for the African American community (November 2) -- and as a restorative practice which legitimizes and elevates individual voices and asserts their collective power (November 3). Debriefing sessions, including small-group discussions that invite attendees/participants to contribute their own reflections and perspectives on arts as social justice practice, will provide the opportunity for participants to interact with panelists, artists, and fellow attendees.