Breathing Back: Pauli Murray & Bayard Rustin

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I think of Pauli Murray and Bayard Rustin as two people whose legacy I walk in as a theologian, queer person, a peace maker, an artist and organizer. When We Free… we consistently identify those elders and ancestors whose shoulders we stand on now. As we learn more about them we share about them. We hold their life up as a light through their example and through how their light has been extended through us.
the carrack museum is where the exhibition was on display for a week in February 2015:
To learn more about Black Feminist Breathing visit:
Our Breathing Back exhibit was featured on WUNC listen here:

On View February 20 – 28, 2015

This winter people around the United States have been protesting police violence by repeating the tragic last words of Eric Garner: “I can’t breathe.”  Here in Durham activists have been diligently drawing attention to acts of police violence and harassment in our own community. As an act of love for a community in transformation, local artists Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Julia Roxanne Wallace are using a technology they call “Black Feminist Breathing” to offer one strategy for how outraged, and exhausted communities can connect to a legacy of activism and build resources for their long-term spiritual, emotional and physical resilience.

Breathing Back: A Meditation Chorus features visual art by Alexis Pauline Gumbs and music composed by Julia Roxanne Wallace (Sangodare) in honor of Audre Lorde, June Jordan, Pauli Murray, Lucille Clifton, Toni Cade Bambara, Ida B. Wells and many more. This is the perfect space to continue a winter of resistance and celebrate a Black History Month to remember.

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Opening Reception Friday, February 20, 2015, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Opening night will feature a talk by the artists, refreshments and activities for the whole family.

Related Events:

Breathing in Community: Mantras and Reflection facilitated by Alexis and Sangodare Saturday, February 21, 2:00 p.m.

Queer Black Sunday School: Day of Sacred Practice Sunday, February 22, 1:00 p.m.

My Words Will Be There: Audre Lorde Lecture Thursday, February 26, 6:00 p.m.

Black Body Spectrum Workshop Friday, February 27, 6:30 p.m.

Closing Sound Circle Saturday, February 28, 1:00 p.m.

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